Muslim Women Of Pakistan, By Tehmina Durrani 's My Feudal Lord, An Autobiographical Narrative

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A society that operates with male-dominated ideologies and mechanisms contributes to the disempowerment and subjugation of woman. This paper studies predicament of Muslim wives in society of Pakistan through institution of marriage as depicted in Tehmina Durrani’s My Feudal Lord, an autobiographical narrative. The publication of My Feudal Lord received many awards and made it exceptional and extraordinary literary work, which surfaces the issues of Muslim women of Pakistan, and is still relevant as it contributes to the feminist cause. The book is a painful account of a woman’s traumatic marriage in Pakistan, who suffers in silence for thirteen years and then decides to come out of the life of abuse and humiliation. It also highlights the hidden agency of a woman that has the potential to expose and challenge a male dominated society. Durrani’s courage, resistance and mighty pen become agents for change. These agents, along with exposition of assumed authority of debauchery and superiority of male culture assist her in dismantling established societal pattern of marriage. The process of evolution encourages her to reflect on the woes of other women in Pakistani society and the ways to counter violence, inequality and isolation in feudal trap. The paper demonstrates concerns like inequality, violence and male dominance and argues that despite caught in a patriarchal trap woman with her conviction and female agency finds a way to be heard and asserts herself in a conservative

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