In the Land of Invisible Women

Author: Qanta Ahmed

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 454

View: 3452

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.

In the Land of Invisible Women

Author: Qanta Ahmed,

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 1402220030

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

View: 3393

"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.

Summary of Qanta Ahmed's In the Land of Invisible Women

Author: Everest Media

Publisher: Everest Media LLC


Category: Religion

Page: 77

View: 9209

Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 I had decided to take my medical credentials to the Middle East, where U. S. medicine was widely practiced. I had finished a fellowship in sleep disorders medicine in which I would be certified. My short years in New York had been productive. #2 I was one of a handful of Westerners on the flight. Very few passengers were like me, single, female, and non-Saudi. I was curious about how the Saudis prayed, and how their head coverings stayed in place. #3 I was constantly reminded of my religion on that first journey to Arabia. I was drawn to the direction of Mecca, the spiritual anchor for all Muslims. Muslims call this direction the Qibla. I could not sleep, and I was unwilling to pray. #4 I was nervous about my appearance. I was worried about everything, most acutely about my appearance. I was dressed in loose-fitting, beige slacks, a turtleneck, and a gray, long-sleeved cardigan. I was worried that I didn’t have an abbayah when I landed in Saudi Arabia.

The Hajj

Author: Eric Tagliacozzo,Shawkat M. Toorawa

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110703051X

Category: History

Page: 365

View: 4800

Scholars from a range of fields tell the story of the Hajj and explain its significance as one of the key events in the Muslim religious calendar. This volume pays attention to the diverse aspects of the Hajj, as lived every year by hundreds of millions of Muslims worldwide.

Women's Writing and Muslim Societies

Author: Sharif Gemie

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 0708325416

Category: Religion

Page: 181

View: 2141

Women’s Writing and Muslim Societies looks at the rise in works concerning Muslim societies by both western and Muslim women – from pioneering female travellers like Freya Stark and Edith Wharton in the early twentieth century, whose accounts of the Orient were usually playful and humorous, to the present day and such works as Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran and Betty Mahmoody’s Not Without My Daughter, which present a radically different view of Muslim Societies marked by fear, hostility and even disgust. The author, Sharif Gemie, also considers a new range of female Muslim writers whose works suggest a variety of other perspectives that speak of difficult journeys, the problems of integration, identity crises and the changing nature of Muslim cultures; in the process, this volume examines varied journeys across cultural, political and religious borders, discussing the problems faced by female travellers, the problems of trans-cultural romances and the difficulties of constructing dialogue between enemy camps.

Can “The Whole World” Be Wrong?

Author: Richard Landes

Publisher: Academic Studies PRess

ISBN: 1644696428

Category: Religion

Page: 647

View: 1080

Landes, a medievalist and historian of apocalyptic movements, takes us through the first years of the third millennium (2000-2003), documenting how a radical inability of Westerners to understand the medieval mentality that drove Global Jihad prompted a series of disastrous misinterpretations and misguided reactions that have shaped our so-far unhappy century. These misinterpretations in 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2005, contributed fundamentally to the ever-worsening moral and empirical disorientations of our information elites (journalists, academics, pundits). So while journalists reported Palestinian war propaganda as news (lethal journalism), they were also reporting Jihadi war propaganda as news (own-goal war journalism). These radical disorientations have created our current dilemma of pervasive information distrust, deep splits within the voting public in most democracies, the politicization of science, and the inability of Western elites to defend their civilization, and instead, to stand down before an invasion.

A Conspicuous Silence: American Foreign Policy, Women, and Saudi Arabia

Author: Valerie M. Hudson,Patricia Leidl

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231541031

Category: Political Science

Page: 34

View: 2423

Hillary Rodham Clinton was the first to clearly state that: "the subjugation of women is a direct threat to the security of the United States." This declaration has come to be known as the Hillary Doctrine, and it was formally incorporated into the first Quadrennial Diplomatic and Development Review of U.S. foreign policy in 2010. If the Hillary Doctrine is justified, then how is it that Secretary of State Clinton never addressed issues of extreme gender inequality in Saudi Arabia? And how has Saudi Arabia sought to export that inequality to other states, such as Yemen? This chapter explores the complexities of the Hillary Doctrine in practice, the realities of pursuing gender equality on the national stage, the strategies Clinton and those working under her innovated to introduce gender issues diplomatically into a resistant country, and other key developments from this encounter and its reverberations across international channels.

Life Stories: A Guide to Reading Interests in Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Diaries

Author: Maureen O'Connor

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1610691466

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 723

View: 5169

Memoirs, autobiographies, and diaries represent the most personal and most intimate of genres, as well as one of the most abundant and popular. Gain new understanding and better serve your readers with this detailed genre guide to nearly 700 titles that also includes notes on more than 2,800 read-alike and other related titles. • A list of subjects and suggested "read-alikes" accompany each title • Appendixes cover awards, websites, and resources • Detailed indexes provide further points of access