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Chapters that succinctly capture the lives and personalities of the narrator’s childhood companions also weave for the readers a thoughtful and abundant portrait of the socially-minded narrator herself as well as her native Lahore. Some characters like “Sam” embody ideals of femininity and prettiness that tend to cross cultures, while the tough, abject sensuality and forthrightness of “Madina” challenge all cultural definitions of what it means to be a Muslim woman or a woman in any patriarchal culture. Structurally tight, poetic, funny, and completely lacking any sentimental impulses, it is nonetheless poignant— mostly because it resists the urge to be so.
But Fawzia's voice will not be silenced; neither she nor her supporters and fans will allow it!
I just lend my strong support for Lahore With Love to be republished.Working on gender and cultural studies for years, I understand the important message conveyed in Lahore With Love which is" breaking silence , unveiling minds and speaking truth to power." . I must say that I feel so sad to know how freedom of speech is not respected through the the way Syracuse publishing house acted, in a way that gives support to dark forces which , in vain, try to gag the true voices of public intellectuals like Dr, Fawzia Khan, to please certain social and political structures. Finally ,I would also like to sum up by quoting Edward Said and Nawal El Saadawi respectively in their defense of public intellectuals.
"Thank god , we have internet nowadays so the truth can spread in one second to millions of people .(lecture at UCLA 2003)
"The truth sometimes shocks, or shakes the tranquility of set ideas. But sometimes a good shake can awaken minds that rest in slumber, and open eyes to see what is really happening around them." ( Introduction to the Hidden Face of Eve.)
Dr. Isam Shihada
Associate Professor of Gender Studies
Scholar in Residence , SMU, Dallas , Texas
What a gift it has been to speand time with you and know you at the latest NWSA (National Women's Studies Conference). Your determined and eloquent articulation of the book's heart inspired me to purchase one of the last available copies of Lahore with Love in its current form. I have decided to go ahead and assign it in my spring WMST seminar. It is a most gorgeous, powerful, and enlightening account of growing up "Pakistani Style" - I feel really fortunate to have had such a personal introduction to this text, you, and all the gifts you have to share with the world at NWSA. I was impressed with the multiplicity of voices inside you - the scholar, the poet, the playwright, the sufi singer, the academic, the critic, the interviewer, the feminist/activist - I think this dazzling array inside you is the very richness that proliferate the pages of this powerful memoir. Thank you! We support you!
You have my complete support for the continued publication of your book. As I wrote in its foreword, "We have this deeply layered, wondrous story." It must be read.
Dear Ms. Pfeiffer,
When I learned that you/Syracuse University Press, was going to withdraw pulled Fawzia Afzal-Khan’s memoir, Lahore With Love: Growing Up With Girlfriends, Pakistani-Style (2010), I was – to put it mildly – shocked. I was shocked by your disrespect for freedom of expression; I was shocked by the apparent cowardice of the Press in refusing to defend one of its authors under attack; I was shocked by the fact that without a thorough investigation of all the circumstances involved, you/The Press would take such an action.
I am personally and professionally concerned because as editor of TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies and as a University Professor at New York University’s Department of Performance Studies, I know well Professor Afzal-Khan and her work. She is a Contributing editor to TDR and TDR has published her writing. I also know Lahore With Love. In my opinion it is an important, excellent book.
From discussions with Professor Afzal-Khan I know what the issues are from the Press’s point of view: fear of a lawsuit brought by Madeeha Gauhar alleging slander from a piece of sardonic and parodic fiction that is part of Lahore With Love. Although I agree with Professor Afzal-Khan that character of Madina in Chapter 4 is not provably based on Ms. Gauhar; and I agree that the “portrayal is not offensive and damaging to her reputation,” the question from my point of view is about whether or not a major university press will stand by its authors or not. After all, you read and accepted Professor Afzal-Khan’s manuscript; published her book; and were, I suppose, happy to find out that the book has been well received by both academics and scholars.