Devotion and Defiance

Devotion and Defiance

My Journey in Love, Faith and Politics

Book - 2014
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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 rights--one 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: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, 2014, ©2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393081480
Branch Call Number: 305. 4095491 SHA S
Characteristics: 294 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm.


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Nov 25, 2015

This amazing woman succeeded in her fight for the rights of women and the poor in Pakistan. She began the fight as the editor of the "women's pages" of her father-in-law's newspaper and later became a representative on the local parliament. A well written biography in which I learned about the plight of women and the poor in Pakistan.

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