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An inspiring personal story by the most prominent Muslim woman activist and legislator for women’s rights in Pakistan.In the fall of 2001, a newlywed English professor took on a job editing the “women’s section” of one of Pakistan’s leading Urdu newspapers. She soon transformed pages of celebrity gossip and fashion advice into a vehicle for the investigation of the true lives of Pakistani women. News of acid attacks on hapless women, the trading of girls as currency in tribal disputes, and other abuses transformed this young mother into a fiery advocate for women’s rightsone guided by Islamic ethics and ideals of social justice as she taught rural leaders to distinguish between religion and tribal custom. Her commitment to her countrywomen led her to a seat in the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab, where she fought to protect women, girls, and the poor.Humaira Awais Shahid’s extraordinarily warm and passionate voice provides remarkable insight into how Islamic values and ethics might yet be a vehicle for progressive change in the developing world.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 3.60(d)|
About the Author
Humaira Awais Shahid is a journalist and a two-term member of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab. She lives in Lahore, Pakistan.
Kelly Horan is a writer and award-winning public radio producer. She lives in Boston.
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"I realized, too, that the one choice I had in life was how I lived mine". Compelling and beautifully written Devotion and Defiance is the tragic, yet brilliant memoir on Humaira Awais Shahid's life. This moving book defies easy categorization, a book that redefines both her personal and political life. Whether you read this book through the prism of politics or as a vulnerable and deprived individual. Her direct manner of speaking ensures that readers see her life through her eyes. The extraordinary piece is detailed, dramatic, but unpretentious and gripping enough to wrangle both subject and ambience, having a massive impact on the reader's heart at the same time. Humaira's writing approach deepens the sense of memories relived being a daughter who was told 'there is power in the individual ", an adolescent who rejoiced in the simple pleasures of being free, a journalist who made her column and interpolation a weapon, a member of the provincial Assembly of Punjab who could not be silenced, the most prominent Muslim woman activist and legislator for woman's rights in Pakistan who changed lives immensely with her remarkable work, A wife who was infatuated by her man deeply and unrestrainedly, a mother who's unconditional love and fear for her children not only made her but gave her strength and her faith that kept her going. "The most unmanageable woman in Pakistan" who faced a series of heartbreaking challenges throughout her life. The book dawns with the standing of her volatile childhood in Kuwait. Her struggle throughout her political career . The passing of her husband being a crucial period of her life and her faith. She never came lightly to a blank page. The book itself serves to inflict her purpose.