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Despite the fact this “non khourii was actually fictitious, it did shed a light on Honor Killings that I think could help educate several Westerns on the subject.

For a third, she was not living in Jordan for her adult life, so unless Dalia was a particularly close penpal, she didn’t have a best friend living in Jordan who was murdered. Jun 13, Anwen Hayward rated it it was ok Shelves: I did arrive forbiddenn this conclusion during my first experience with it, as I was in 10th grad Albeit there is so much controversy surrounding this book, I appreciate how important, clear, and well written this novel is.

For another thing, she has released pictures of the girl she says is Dalia. Who is the real Nogma Khouri? But now the Jordanian-born author Norma Khouri is battling claims that Forbidden Love, and the life story she has recounted to book jorma and journalists on three continents, is a fake. The novel centers on the life of Dalia, a young Muslim woman living in AmmanJordan. Married to the cause, she lived as a virgin refugee in Greece, unable to have any relationship with a man due to her conservative Arab upbringing which instilled a fear of sex, something she discusses in the Afterword of the book, and then moved to the US to publish her memoirs.

It was a little difficult to get into as it starts by various bby of Jordan and its cultures.

Bestseller on honour killing ‘is a fake’

Bagain is suspected of being a serial con artist, with evidence suggesting that she is suspected of fraud befriending an old woman with dementia and forging her signature on her will, borrowing and then never returning money from a neighbour to fight accusations in the US, lying about her children being those of a drug addict whom she had adopted and whose husband is rumoured to have links to Greek crime rings in the US. None the less, Forbidden Love opened my eyes to how women are treated in Muslim countries and was a inspiring and dramatic story.


Lists with This Book. Jun 14, Jackie rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read saving…. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

It will be interesting to contrast it with other memoirs. Last night Khouri, who now lives as a refugee in Queensland, was collecting information to back up her story.

Honor Lost: Love And Death In Modern Day Jordan

This book did not raise awareness of an actual, terrible phenomenon, but instead distorted the truth and made people angry about an imagined practice, which lessened their rage about the actual practice. A woman is killed by her father because of an illicit affair, her childhood friend denounces the murder and flees her Middle Eastern homeland in fear for her life, the story is published and becomes a worldwide bestseller.

I signed the bonds. What a perfectly awful book miss Norma Khouri.

I never dreamed that my time with her would be cut short, or that my life would be a journey down this path, but I realize that she left me with a mission And how women are so suppressed in Arab cultures. At least one of those publishers, Random House UK, has announced it will sue her to recover its money. It is this reader’s hope that Norma has found some peace and freedom from the nightmares that consumed her nights in the days that followed Dalia’s tragic fate.

The only thing that I disliked about the book was that the back of the book was a spoiler. Reason being that this book is a total lie.


The inevitable happens and Dalia’s father KILLS his daughter and is not sorrowful about it, rather he feels justified to root out the “evil” in his house. Death is death but this type of gender-based execution is startling.

This books is in all means nothing close to the truth.

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I believed it to be a work of non-ficiton. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

She describes and names a real hospital but gives it a morgue in the basement, whereas the real hospital has no basement. Nov 30, Nebby rated it it was amazing Shelves: She said in a brief statement: Instead, lying about it has served to bolster the view that the book serves to slander the Muslim way of life. Ironically this would have given her book the credibility she craved and have enabled an open discussion about how far it reflected real life in Jordan.

It empowers me to want to find ways I can help, if I could help, other women who will be going through similar situations. The most charitable interpretation of this fraud is that Bagain heard about the practice of honour killing, and chose to write a novel which she felt exposed the crime, wrapping it up as memoir to improve its chance of being published and open a dialogue.

Open Preview See a Problem? She describes buildings that weren’t built at the time of the khorui. I happen to be re-reading The Far Pavilions at the moment.