In the Land of Invisible Women

In the Land of Invisible Women

A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom

Book - 2008
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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 impulsiveones.

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.
Publisher: Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781402210877
Branch Call Number: 610.82092 AHMED
Characteristics: 454 pages ; 23 cm


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May 30, 2016

A little bit of insight into the lives of women, both nationals and expats, in Saudi Arabia. The superfluous writing style tended to detract from the story for me in some places.

Diell Jan 09, 2015

Could have been a much more interesting read.
limited, shallow self discovery (despite her western education) working and living in an enclosed privileged society.
But maybe that's what she was trying to portray, her short comings?
Weirdly obsessed with peoples looks.
I much preferred Clea Koff's Bone Woman.
I couldn't rate this book, I have met a few women like this. As a westerner it's hard to take their naivety and immaturity, in their privileged, protected community enclosed in family, some of them can't comprehend what's all around them, staring them right in the face. She's a princess, seeing life like a fairy tale, one minute she is beginning to see and converse with other women (though again still in her limited community) and you think oh maybe she's going to start to get it. But no then she is mooning over a man like a 14 year who's spent more time reading bad frothy romance novels than living in the world. But maybe that's her world. Enlightening? maybe but only that despite her western education she has little comprehension of life outside of her privileged world. Somehow she managed to remain unenlightened despite exposure she should have experienced in the west, her exposure at the hospital was severely limited. She's a the silly girl who dreams of marrying the doctor.

Jul 23, 2014

Very enlightening indeed.

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