Fatwa: Living with a Death Threat
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Fatwa: Living with a Death Threat

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Jacky was 23 when she arrived in Egypt for a vacation and met a handsome, chivalrous Egyptian called Omar. It was love at first sight, and swept away by her infatuation, she married him before returning to England with her parents. Returning to Cairo against her parents' advice, but full of hopes and plans, Jacky's dream turned into a nightmare. During the next six years s...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Sep 04, 2007 Marie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: autobiography lovers
The moral of the book is don't rush into a marriage - and even more so when they are a foreigner.

The book highlights the difficulties of life in Egypt and the culture shock for those of us from the UK where we take so much for granted.
Jun 02, 2014 Wendy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
What an amazing story. This story is about a young British girl who falls in love with a handsome Egyptian while visiting Egypt as a tourist, marries him and has two children by him. Her story started off as a fairy tale but the darker side of what was expected of a good Moslem wife quickly emerged. Her rights of a woman were non-existent in a male dominated culture and the abuse she endured at the hands of her husband who claimed he loved her were horrifying. That she escaped was amazing. I app...more
Oh, patriarchy infuriates me--although that was not all of the problems that "Jacky" faced. I don't understand "man's inhumanity to [wo:]man"! Quick read.
Mariana Rodrigues
Best book i ever read!
I found this a really interesting book and certainly one that had me turning those pages; the very nature of the content and the fact it’s a true story is the books forward momentum.

The story begins in 1979 when Jacky goes on holiday to Egypt with her then boyfriend whom she gets separated from when they try to get off a bus in Cairo. Jacky finds herself alone, with a twisted ankle, in a residential area and is picked up by two young Egyptian men who escort her into the nearest appartment where...more
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I just read this book, some 8 years after publication. Fatwa is a very interesting book, a quick and easy read, that really underscores the difference between the Western and the Middle Eastern cultures.
Although I was dismayed at the impulsive decisions Jacky made on her path to a quick marriage with her handsome Egyptian, she did a good job of portraying that youthful, naive, excitement of falling in love with a tall dark stranger in an exotic land; a scenario that any young girl who believes...more
Vibina Venugopal
The book opens with Jacky trying to escape from Egypt with her two children, T told myself that I shouldn't have given up the habit of reading the end before really starting to read the book itself but somehow I felt that it kills the book if you read the end, and so very rightly for this book, this book runs like a suspense thriller... Jacky is physically abused by her husband, she doesn't want to escape alone leaving back her two daughters, there are other book were I have read about mothers a...more
*•.♥.•*Sabrina Rutter*•.♥.•*
The minute I picked this book up I was hooked! I stayed up late into the night reading and would have stayed up all night if I didn't have kids to get up for school. This is one of the best books I have read in a while.
In the begining I was a little judgmental toward Jacky's decisions. She married someone she hardly knows, left behind everything familiar to her, and went to live in a culture she knew nothing about. After a while though I began to understand why she had agreed to marry him. I cou...more
I could not put this book down!! Now I remember why I enjoy reading this type of memoir. The downgrading and abuse of women in Muslim countries, all due to religion, really makes my blood boil!! NO ONE has the right to treat another human being in such a manner I DON'T care who you are OR who you think you are!! This woman has to be one of the bravest women I've ever read about. Knowing that she must live the rest of her life looking over her shoulder due to this monster and his abuse of his rel...more
4.5 actually. I could not put this book down!! This is a true-life story of a very naive girl who visits Egypt with her boyfriend. Due to over-crowded conditions on a bus, they quickly lose each other in Cairo. Jacky hurts her foot and an Egyptian family rescues her and helps her look for her boyfriend. Jacky falls in love with one member of this family, Omar and they get married after knowing each other for only 2 or three weeks. The honeymoon ends quickly and over time, Omar's true colors are...more
This is a true story about a woman who goes to Egypt on a vacation, falls in love with a handsome man and marries him without really knowing him and the culture in Egypt. He abuses her for 6years, but she can't leave because of their two daughters. She doesn't want to leave them behind.
It's a similar story with "Not without my daughter" and I think it's good that stories like these are made into books to warn other women and prevent that they will make the same mistakes and turn their lives and...more
Letitia Webb
Couldn't put it down. Absolutely riveting.
Foi interessante perceber como é que uma mulher independente se deixou envolver numa relação onde passou a estar dependente da vontade do marido e respectiva família.
Como li recentemente outro relato pessoal com uma construção semelhante: começa perto do fim, volta atrás para contar tudo desde o início e salta para o remate da história, não dou mais de 3. Aborrece-me esta repetição de modelo. Se tivesse lido este primeiro, talvez lhe tivesse dado 3,5?!?
dear very one
thank you
maged or omar
Ik vond dit een ontzettend goed boek. Zo geschreven dat je alleen maar door wilt lezen, je moet gewoon weten hoe het verder gaat. En wat een verhaal ook weer, hoewel ik het nogal naief vind van Jacky om binnen een week met een Egyptenaar te trouwen heb ik bewondering voor de manier waarop ze aan hem ontkomen is samen met haar dochters. Een prachtig geschreven maar vooral meeslepend verhaal!
Engrossing read throughout, glued to each page and found this book very hard to put down!

A true story of one womans courage and determination to escape with her children from a life in a differant country which was far from the fairytale she expected it to be. Empowering story of a family who still are having to look over their shoulder to this day.
Chloe Thurlow
Jacky married in Cairo. She had two kids. Her husband first started beating her, then the oldest of the children. Jacky spent ONE YEAR saving $50 and set out with her two little girls to escape across the desert from Egypt to Isreal. This is a real page turner and will not read a more exciting book.
Whilst I am sure that the majority of marriages are nothing like this, I also suspect that this is not as rare as we might like to think (despite the events occurring at least 15 years ago). Well written account, and I didn't detect any spite in the recording of the details. Enlightening.
Aimee Georgeson
Very easy to read, sadly tells a very common story of abuse. Proud Jacky found the inner strength & courage she needed to escape. Oppression & abuse of woman in any country is dispicable. Religion & culture aside, Omar followed typical patterns of a controlling, violent man.
This is one of the best books ive ever read. You are not able to put it down and cant wait to find out whats going to happen next. This was well written and my heart thumped from the first page. Fantastic!!
I actually read this in Dutch. Like all books I've read on the subject of forced marriages, I thought this one was good. It was a page-turner and all the while I was rooting for the lead of the book.
This is heart breaking,but this lady had the courage and strength to endure and in the end escape with her kids, this is a must read will keep you on the edge of your seat. BRAVO
Ashie Hettige Ranathunga
See how instant love can do such damage..... Didn't knew such a brutal world exist on earth until reading this book... Thanks Jacky. Great job.!!!
Michelle Green
One of the best books I have EVER read! Such a amazing woman showing such courage. Gripping from start to finish
I read this book when I was ten, and even then I thought it was good. So try to imagine how amazing it was.
Karen Caruana
I was literally glued to this book.. Please read it!! So sad for this woman...
Tola Cream
This book is a fabulous book, the writing, the story is sever. Her story is unbelieveable
A real story to warn everybody not to fall in love to soon while abroad!
Willa B
Not exactly "good" but pretty fascinating
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Jacky Trevane is the pseudonym of Jennifer Anne, a British woman who ran away from her Egyptian husband in 1992.With the help of ghostwriter Clifford Thurlow she published the book Fatwa: Living with a Death Threat, describing her version of her life with her Egyptian Muslim husband Maged (in her book called Omar). Jacky was twenty-three when she arrived in Egypt for a holiday with her boyfriend,...more
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