A devout Muslim woman forced by her husband to eat pork, wear short skirts and drink alcohol slashed his neck with a kitchen knife as he slept, according to a statement she gave to US police.
Rabia Sarwar, 37, a native of Pakistan, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and was freed on 25,000 dollars (£15,000) bail.
She told police in a written statement that she was emotionally abused by her husband, Seikh Naseem, and forced to violate her religious beliefs.
"He made me do so many things that are against Islam," she wrote in a statement to police.
"I did all that just to make him happy but inside me there was a war," she continued.
Mr Naseem suffered cuts to his neck, cheek and hand early on Wednesday before fighting Sarwar off and dialling police from his home in the New York City borough of Staten Island, authorities said.
"I did my best to cut his throat," Rabia Sarwar wrote. "But the next moment he jumped on me and grabbed me."
Sarwar's lawyer, Joe Licitra, said she had previously been treated for depression. Her husband told the New York Post that Sarwar was having a hard time adjusting to American culture.
"There was no gun pointed to her head to do these things," Mr Licitra told the Post.
Sarwar's statement to police paints a picture of a frustrated, confused woman angry that her husband of five months was not what he appeared to be during their brief courtship.
After they were married, she discovered he had previously dated mostly "white" women, had been married before and liked to go out to drink, she wrote.
He was not religious, though he claimed to be a devout Muslim, and he often yelled and cursed her family, she said. And one of his favourite writers was Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses, which caused violent protests by Muslims in several countries because the book was perceived as an irreverent depiction of the prophet Mohammed.
"He hates Pakistan and he hates Pakistanis then why did he marry a Pakistani girl?" she wrote.
They fought about her leaving, and he threatened to hurt her family, saying they would have to pay him 30,000 dollars (£18,000) or he would sue them and leave them penniless and homeless, she wrote. Her family is in Pakistan.
She lay in bed that evening thinking her only way out was to kill him, she wrote.
Police said they had never visited the house on any domestic dispute calls, they said.
Sarwar also pleaded not guilty Thursday to second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Her next court date is on Monday.