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Hello welcome to a spirited debate on Lauren Green -- religion correspondent for Fox News Channel.
-- she was -- twenty year old when this Jewish American marry her westernized foreign college student boyfriend from Kabul.
But -- was -- -- dream of love turned into worse than a nightmare when upon arriving -- her husband's native Afghanistan he reverted to tribal customs.
She became his property trapped in a polygamous family passport stripped.
And all movement restricted after years she was finally able to escape.
As she writes about her ordeal in her memoir an American variety in Kabul and -- -- Joins me now welcome pleased to be here this is an amazing story like there were -- -- telling you before.
I know about this years ago this -- your story when we covered the idea of honor killings.
You're a wonderful expert in this area in terms of the Muslim -- -- why did it take -- so long to write your own -- about your experiences.
I've written about it a little bit along the way but to do a whole book I think required fifty years of waiting and of Reading and of scholarship.
But the timing was right the Burke has had followed me into the west and into the future that I had seen and -- horrify -- in Kabul.
The the Islamic gender and religious horrified that I had seen was coming into the west.
Then 9/11 happens.
And 9/11 was hatched.
In the very country Afghanistan that held me hostage.
And that now in the sense al-Qaeda has held the rest of the world hostage.
And the persecution.
Increasingly of Muslim women.
And Muslim dissidents.
Compelled me to speak out now.
When you -- twenty years old but what about -- fifty years ago.
Say -- that was so long ago we -- the Arab Spring and so things must be getting better for Muslim women in your information is what.
All of the opposite is true I mean after I left Kabul which was after five months not many years.
And there was a ten to fifteen year period of modernization in the city.
That was rapidly.
The clock was turned back.
Soviets invaded the -- bond rose and when I was -- -- before the total of one there was.
Misogyny and fearful -- it was like.
In a sense like -- totalitarian.
Even though it was a religious state.
When I was there I didn't know.
That Islam had conquered this country by the sword.
The country had been zero -- it it had been buddhists.
And Jews had flourished in Afghanistan.
They -- whole swept away.
So when I was there I never admitted -- for example.
You know you're twenty years old -- envelope what he had to be handsome.
And were there any indications that he was going to take it back to this kind of lifestyle.
Absolutely not he never mentioned his father had three wives and he was a very -- the -- sophisticated fellow.
We discussed film and art and opera.
And my concept night he was that we would go and visit and travel and then I'd return to college I had dismissed the left.
His idea was once I was there and I understood the gravity of his mission.
His hopes his dreams to bring the country into the twentieth century that of course I would stake plus they had my passport and I couldn't -- He was using he reverted to tribal customs and it.
Was it the pressure from -- family that created this environment -- you or was -- him directly.
Pressure from his family pressure from the culture so that I believe honestly he intended to -- a kind of Weston.
Sort of life once he was settled safely settled there.
But he -- counted.
First he brought home an American Bryant what's this engine and a Jewish -- I can't believe his family was thrilled.
And it was enormous pressure on me to convert to Islam.
Which is pro forma if a woman marries a Muslim man goes to a Muslim majority country they take her passport.
And she's expected to convert for the most part they might be exceptions.
And he have -- mention this.
And when -- for example said.
I think that your mother hates me and she's trying to kill me but he said that I was just exaggerating it being dramatic.
When I said -- women wearing ambulatory body -- there and sensory deprivation isolation changes.
His face and he said well it'll change don't take it too seriously it's on the way out.
That the burqa and I believe he really believes this.
How were -- able to escape.
I had many escape plans.
First I went to the American Embassy and I said get me out here wanna go home and they symbol where's your American passport -- -- they took that away.
They said we can help you can't get involved.
That was shocking.
And that was also pro forma because you don't -- -- -- -- a family or man's relationship to his property.
So I finally cooked up -- scheme.
With a foreign woman.
And I became very very sick unto death with hepatitis.
My father in law -- him.
Came to see me and he's that I know of your plan and it'll be better if you leave on an African passport.
Which she -- -- -- -- me.
For reasons of -- to six months.
And I came back and kiss the ground and by the wild airport while.
Now JFK JFK.
The very place and but in sixty the American state department's that I had to leave.
Ice rob -- -- -- -- -- -- chain myself to the statue of liberty I'm not leaving while and it took three lawyers and two and a half years to figure it -- this -- Fascinating book an -- and I have to urge people to -- because.
You also talk about the you know you're you're staying in touch with your family.
In your husband's family and you're working to cool -- a lot of things and -- to educate people about the plight of women in the Middle East.
A Muslim women and -- other religious minorities as well those censor the book is called an American -- in Kabul.
It's a memoir your memoir.
Chip -- Sessler wonderful thank you very much for being on sentiment -- -- And thank you very much for joining us and -- again for more spirited debate segments.