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In the Land of Invisible Women
In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom | Qanta A. Ahmed, M.D.
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A female, Pakistani doctor describes her practice treating women in Saudi Arabia, where the harsh code of orthodoxy for women is contradicted by some of the private behavior of wealthy women, but imposes a harsh reality on poor women.
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“Nothing is as fierce or imbed with goodness as the oppressed who have overcome their cowardly oppressor. It is these small women, scurrying around in their abbayahs, who will seize their justice from the jaws of the extremists and wrest their new place beyond the gender apartheid which is still the kingdom. The gender apartheid committed in the name of Islam is already dying, rasping it‘s last, soured breaths.” Page 436


“It is these same women who hold the keys to change...it is the voices of these mothers, wives, sisters, aunts, and daughters that we crave their voices that narrow men fear. It is women‘s voices that are becoming audible, women‘s actions that are becoming visible, and through their actions, Saudi women who are daily becoming more powerful.” Pg 436


“It is women who really opened the door to the society for me. Women who confides, women who guided, women who competed, women who disdained, women who were illiterate yet memorized the Quran, women who could repair aneurysms but could not make a three point turn, women who were objects of affection from even within their closed veils.” Pg 436


“Hesham stopped, sobbing for a long time. I listened, unable to bridge the gulf of grief and gender between us.” Pg 101


“Now my home, it was also my prison” pg 71

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1 tagged book, a fascinating read written by a Muslim woman who is employed in Saudi Arabia as a physician. She is originally from England, of Pakistani heritage
2 a Prager U podcast, learn lots of things.
3 the seven or eight deaths of Stella fortuna, sent my friend a copy for her birthday, we talked long distance about it

Jee_HookedOnBookz The tagged book sounds good! 6mo
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Crazeedi @jb72 it's so cool isn't it? My daughter and I share books all the time too! 6mo
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Crazeedi @jb72 it is so awesome that my oldest is so into books. Even though she and I have different tastes they overlap often so i can check out her bookshelves and she can mine! 6mo
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I had to recheck this out from the library because it took me a while to get into it. I absolutely loved learning about the culture differences between what I know of western culture and the culture in Saudi Arabia! I highly recommend if you're wanting to broaden your own cultural knowledge from inside the Kingdom.

Crazeedi Looks intriguing! 6mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom @Crazeedi it was good! The writing felt a little stilted from time to time and I wasn't crazy about the way she wrote out the dialogue. If you can deal with those, you'll probably enjoy the book! 6mo
Crazeedi @WorldsOkayestStepMom I've read a couple similar, it's a different style, but the story is something I like to read as it expands my worldview 6mo
Crazeedi Fyi just borrowed from overdrive!!!😊 6mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom @Crazeedi I can't wait to read your review! 6mo
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