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Singing is forbidden. Dancing is forbidden.

October 15, 2011

“Singing is forbidden.

Dancing is forbidden.

Playing cards, playing chess, gambling, and kite flying are forbidden.

Writing books, watching films, and painting pictures are forbidden.

If you keep parakeets, you will be beaten. Your birds will be killed.


Attention women:

You will stay inside your homes at all times. It is not proper for women to wander aimlessly about the streets. If you go outside, you must be accompanied by a mahram, a male relative. If you are caught alone on the street, you will be beaten and sent home.

You will cover with burqa when outside. If you do not, you will be severely beaten.

Cosmetics are forbidden.

Jewellery is forbidden.

You will not wear charming clothes.

You will not speak unless spoken to.

You will not make eye contact with men.

You will not laugh in public. If you do, you will be beaten.

You will not paint your nails. If you do, you will lose a finger.

It is forbidden for girls to attend school. All schools for girls will be closed immediately.

Women are not allowed to work.

If you are found guilty of adultery, you will be stoned to death.

Listen. Listen well. Obey.”

The first time that I read this paragraph I thought that something like this could not be possible nowadays. I was really moved when I realized that unfortunately and incredibly this paragraph belongs to Islamic Law and some regions in Iran even apply it today. This text is quoted by the writer Khaled Hosseini in his novel A Thousand Splendid Suns. This novel is an attempt to catch the reader’s attention to the situation of thousands of people in Afganistan and Iran, especially women, who are the most affected collective by these rules.

If you are interested on it or if you want to know more about this, I recommend you to visit this webpage: This webpage was created by Khaled Hosseini in order to help people in these countries.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. marisadedios permalink*
    October 15, 2011 12:11 pm

    I loved reading A Thousand Splendid Suns. YOu can see the posters students made about this book in the tab “our book posters”

  2. October 15, 2011 4:14 pm

    I used to hate reading books ’cause any of them made no sense to me. Since I read A Thousand Splendid Suns I got interested in this type of lecture. I cried a lot reading it, and I must admit It was really sad to read how unfair the world is. Nevertheless, we can’t deny the truth, and this book gave me back to reality.

  3. Xelo permalink
    October 16, 2011 1:39 pm

    It is very sad to see how little some humans have evolved. I am reading the book “The Clan of the Cave Bear” by Jean M. Auel. The rights and duties of Neanderthal women described in the book by Auel differ little from those in the book by Hosseini, 30.000 years before.

  4. franeoivlc permalink
    October 16, 2011 2:59 pm

    I read that book (A Thousand Splendid Suns) this summer too, and it was impossible to stop reading until I finished it. The plot is really hard but it helps us to know more about how many womens have to live every day because of being born in countries with no women rights.

    If you are interested in this topic, I recommend you the film “Osama” based on a true story about three womens (a grandmother, her daughter and her granddaughter) The story tells how the girl has to pretend to be a boy because noone else can support the family because their husbands died and the women were forbidden to work in the Afganistan goberned by Talibans.

    Here is the trailer:

  5. Lorena Gallego permalink
    October 18, 2011 7:20 pm

    I haven’t read it yet but I’d like to do it after see your comments. Anyway I would like to recommend you another book about this topic, “The bookseller of Kabul”. It was written by a norwegian journalist, Åsne Seierstad, and tell us about her life in Afganistan with a bookseller and his family.

    Here I leave you a link to a fragment of the audiobook, I hope you enjoy it and makes you go to read the entirely book.

    By the way, Fran thank you for your suggestion. I’m looking forward to see this film, it seems very interesting.


  1. A Thousand Splendid Suns | Chestnut ESL HOME

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