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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 Ahmed,
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"In this stunningly written book, a Western trained Muslim doctor brings alive what it means for a woman to live in the Saudi Kingdom. I've rarely experienced so vividly the shunning and shaming, racism and anti-Semitism, but the surprise is how Dr. Ahmed also finds tenderness at the tattered edges of extremism, and a life-changing pilgrimage back to her Muslim faith." - Gail Sheehy The decisions that change your life are often the most impulsive ones. Unexpectedly denied a visa to remain in the United States, Qanta Ahmed, a young British Muslim doctor, becomes an outcast in motion. On a whim, she accepts an exciting position in Saudi Arabia. This is not just a new job; this is a chance at adventure in an exotic land she thinks she understands, a place she hopes she will belong. What she discovers is vastly different. The Kingdom is a world apart, a land of unparralled contrast. She finds rejection and scorn in the places she believed would most embrace her, but also humor, honesty, loyalty and love. And for Qanta, more than anything, it is a land of opportunity. A place where she discovers what it takes for one woman to recreate herself in the land of invisible 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

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“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

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“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

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

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

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Crazeedi
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain
Thanks for tag @Klou @gradcat
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
jb72 My friend and I are always sending books back and forth. 6mo
Crazeedi @Jee_HookedOnBookz it is! Almost done with it! 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
jb72 @Crazeedi I wish my daughter read more. Sadly I only have about one friend in real life you chats about books. I rely on Litsy and GR to get my book chat going. 6mo
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
jb72 @Crazeedi That is wonderful! My daughter and I both like horror. I plan to get her a few horror books for the holidays and entice her to start reading again. 6mo
Crazeedi @jb72 👍❤ 6mo
Klou You're welcome! ❤ 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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