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Monday, 18 April 2016

A God Who Hates Women

Publisher: Fingerprint Publications
Author: Majid Rafizadeh

Majid Rafizadeh, the author of A God Who Hates Women, has a very important story to tell. While the world appears to focus on contemporary life in Syria and Iran, the stories of ordinary civilians that speak volumes on the abuse, atrocities and human rights violations that prevail, go back a long time down Syria’s history – especially for women.

For women in most of the world’s male-dominated societies, the concept of choice is non-existent. In most such contexts, women face lives filled with inequality, violence, injustice, abuse, and discrimination on a daily basis. Through his book, Majid Rafizadeh looks at the journey of his mother, primarily. The book is an emotional journey, talking about a labyrinth of violence and civil war.

The narrative also touches upon the harsh and unspoken reality that was true of life in Maqnon, a town in Syria. Rape, sexual violence and constant sexual violation of children – boys and girls alike, is seen to be a regular occurrence, and even a strategic tool to amass and wield power in the community.

Majid Rafizadeh explains the journey through a battlefield riddled with archaic cultural demands and explosive emotions. where a mother and her son struggle to navigate through a cruel patriarchal society in an attempt to survive, and to live.

Will endurance and courage overcome daily abuse? Will a crumbling homeland deprive a young boy of his right to identity? Will it wipe away all dreams of a future? A myriad of memories and experiences are woven together in this riveting true tale of one family’s heartbreaking struggle through the mire of religion, politics, war and their unwavering hope for peace.