في قلب المملكة
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في قلب المملكة

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يكفي أن يكون شقيق زوجها "أسامة بن لادن" حرفياً لنعرف أي كلام كتب وأي موضوعات طرحت!

من قلب تلك الأسرة التي أصبحت من أفرادها، كتبت "كارمن بن لادن" عن كل ما عاشته وعايشته ورأته بأم عينيها وما تناهى إلى سمعها سرّاً وعلانية؛ ممّ تتكوّن أسرة "بن لادن"؟ ما طبيعة العلاقات بين أفرادها؟ كيف يعاملون ويعامَلون؟ ما هي مشروعاتهم ما ارتباطاتهم بالأسرة المالكة في السعودية؟ من وقف إلى جانب...more
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Published 2010 by شركة المطبوعات للتوزيع والنشر (first published January 1st 1386)
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Zach Peterson
While I do sympathize with the struggle of many middle eastern women, I thought this book was an exercise in victimhood. This woman who was much more privileged than the majority of any population complains and whines the entire book about her situation, while the whole time she was able to escape. She spoke of how hard it was for her and how she had to take a holiday to Europe. Sorry if I reserve my guilt for those who can not whisk themselves away at their whim. I believe her to be opportunist...more
Ali Al-Gharrash
الكتاب يتحدث عن تجربة السيدة كارمن في الحياة في المملكة العربية السعودية مع زوجها السعودي يسلم بن لادن حيث عايشت فترة ما قبل الطفرة وفترة الطفرة وفي اعتقادي ان رؤيتها ناقصة وغير منصفة على الشعب السعودي فهي لم تعش مع جميع اطياف الشعب السعودي او تحتك بهم بل عايشت فئة قليلة وطبقة محددة فقط وعممت سلوكهم ومعتقداتهم على الشعب السعودي ككل وهذا في اعتنقادي فيه كثير من التجني وعدم الإنصاف

في النهاية نستطيع ان نعتبر هذا الكتاب تجربة لغربية عاشت في المملكة العربية السعودية ويسلط الضوء على اسلوب حياة طبقة مع...more
♥ Marlene♥
Dec 19, 2008 ♥ Marlene♥ rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ♥ Marlene♥ by: CdnBlueRose
on Friday, December 19, 2008


Finished it last night (Dec.18) . Guess what I loved her conclusion, the last chapter and she has given me a sentence I want to remember cause I totally agree with it.

They will use our tolerance to infiltrate our society with there intolerance.
This is so true. The Netherlands is well known for its tolerance but it slowly is giving away because we have let so many people into our country who now want us to change and do not like all the freedoms we have!

Now about th...more
Marina
..And what Om Yeslam really meant was that I had the determined, willful personality that comes from living as an individual, in the West. She felt that I simply would never bring myself to submit in the proper manner- to Islam, to the rules of Saudi society, or to my husband.

And she was right.

..And our name is Bin Ladin. Once, it was a name like any other. Today it has become a synonym of blind violence and terror.


I can relate to Carmen’s attraction to her now divorced husband Yeslam’s seeming...more
Sanjina
I found it to be very stuffy, stuck up, but sometimes honest and even touching prose. It is definitely well written, and the author’s personality shines through ever page. It is a good insight into the lifestyle of the Muslim woman in Saudi Arabia, however, I cannot help but feel that this is a completely biased story. I don’t trust the author. I don’t feel like she is a person I would enjoy having a conversation with if I knew her. I have a looming feeling that her perspective of reality is tre...more
Lestari Nurhayati
Oct 09, 2008 Lestari Nurhayati rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who still thinking that Saudi Arabia so "pure" and didn't have any related with Osama:D
George Bush and every personel milliter also CIA must read this book:D !!! Carmen give the good answer how to caugth Osama Bin Laden. "Just stop it all of money flow from Saudi Arabia to Osama, whereas the Osama hidden!" ;)

Because without money from Saudi Arabia, Osama couldn't continued his war. This book so clear description the life style of Kingdom Saudi Arabia family, also how the act to women, as like as their property.

Carmen write with so brave and told the truth about what ever happen in...more
Carol Hunter
I'm very interested in reading books that help me understand the middle east. This interesting book about Carmen Bin Laden's life while inside the Bin Laden family helped my knowledge base. Carmen fell in love with a rich Saudi, young man, that she met in Geneva. She was not prepared for living the very repressive female role that is necessary in Saudi Arabia. She sheds some light on Osama Bin Laden. Carmen eventually leaves her husband, his family, & fights to retain her daughters.
Natalie Wickham
Written by the sister-in-law to Osama Bin Laden, this account gives an enlightening look into the oppressive culture of Islam in Saudi Arabia. Carmen is the wife (though now divorced) of Yeslam, one of the 54 children of the family patriarch, Sheikh Mohamed. His brother is the now infamous Osama Bin Laden, alleged mastermind behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Bin Laden’s amassed their wealth through the formation of the Bin Laden Organization – a construction company that was employed to reb...more
Darlene
I could not stop reading this book.Ms. Bin Ladin writes about her experiences being married to a brother of Osama Bin Laden and what it meant to be a foreigner (she was from Switzerland) in Saudi Arabia..... more importantly.. what it meant to be a WOMAN in Saudi Arabia.Reading this book made me feel grateful to be a woman in the United States. Although there are times when women in the United States have felt frustrated with the pace of change, reading about women's lives in Saudi Arabia was a...more
Ashlee
This book was incredible. I bought this book a long time ago and have wanted to read it for awhile. This book is about Carmen Bin Ladin, the sister-in-law to Osama Bin Ladin. She writes the book herself and it is about her life as a Bin Ladin wife. Her husband, Yeslam Bin Ladin, is one of the fifty children of his father. His father who also had over twenty wives managed to build a life for himself as the most successful construction company in Saudi Arabia. The entire book is about Carmen's lif...more
Cwhittall
This is a fascinating inside look at the family of Mohammed Bin Laden, the wealthy construction entrepreneur and father of Osama Bin Laden. Carmen is a Persian raised on Geneva who married one of Osama's brothers and for more than a decade lived the life of a wife and mother in a wealthy Saudi family.

Amy was reading this when I was reading The Looming Tower, and after reading that book I was so fascinated by the role of women in fundamentalist Islamic societies that I plowed into this excellent...more
Debbie
I did not think this book was particularly well-written. However, it does provide a very good first-hand view of life inside Saudi Arabia.

The author was married to Osama bin Laden's brother (one of his 21 or 22 brothers). Born to an Iranian mother and Swiss father, she was raised in Europe. After she married bin Laden, they moved to Saudi Arabia to raise their family. But her life soon become hell due to all the Saudi restrictions against women and the cultural taboos.

She was like a bird in a ca...more
Melinda
This book was fascinating to read alongside Michael Scheuer's "Osama Bin Laden". Scheuer was head of the CIA's Osama Bin Laden unit from 1996 to 1999. He knows alot about OSB, but more about his book later.

Carmen Bin Ladin married into the Bin Laden family. (If you are noting the spelling difference between "Ladin" and "Laden", they use "bin Ladin" to refer to Carmen and her husband Yeslam, but use "bin Laden" when referring to the family clan.) Her father was Swiss and her mother was Persian (I...more
Christine
Inside the Kingdom: My Life in Saudi Arabia by the Persian/Swiss~ Carmen Bin Ladin" who met Yeslam bin Ladin, Osama's older brother; after a fairy-tale courtship, including a semester together at USC[this was some period of time before 9/11].This story is so sad.

They were so in love,and he was a sensitive modern male, nothing like those backwards thinking Neanderthal radical Muslims that his brothers are! After Yeslam was called home to help with the family construction business[they do the con...more
Kelly
Wow. This book was fascinating. I loved the very personal and honest approach. I know it's just one woman's opinion about the strict social mores of the middle east, a half western woman rather than a true local at that, but I feel her view of the way it happened is truthful and objective. I thought about this a lot, it's easy to be subjective and see things as you want rather than as they are, but she remains very respectful of her former relationship with the Bin Ladin family and doesn't try t...more
Nancy
So, I'm trying to catologue my books (because what if the house burned down? How would I know what to tell the insurance company???), and I was going through one of the bookcases and found this book. It actually belongs to my mother, and I was supposed to read it and mail it back to her YEARS ago. Which I am now going to do. But I thought I'd better read it fast.

Carmen Bin Ladin is not a talented writer, but she is competent, and her story is sort of fascinating to a western sensibility. (In a...more
Andrea
This book was riveting to me. It is a true story, and is written by a woman who is not a writer, so don't expect it to be a literary marvel. But the details she reveals about life in Saudi Arabia was eye-opening to me. I am not very familiar with the culture in the Middle East, and this book really detailed why the culture is defined by the Islam religion, and why it makes people do what they do there.

The author married a half-brother of Osama bin Ladin, and she describes a little about him and...more
Kara
Before I even read this, I got the sense that this woman was exploiting her last name for profit. And that's exactly what this is.

You go into the book thinking "wow - she married Bin Ladin's brother, so she must have all these stories to tell about him." Well she doesn't, because she's never met him. Neither has her husband! She exploits the Bin Laden name to sell books. Bin Laden has something like 35 siblings, but if you just arbitrarily picked this book up thinking you're going to get some "i...more
Anita
The author was Osama Bin Ladin's sister-in-law. A New York Times review of the book reads: "If you want to beat Osama, you've got the start by listening to Carmen."

Well, the book does nothing of the sort -- spill the beans on Osama that is. Instead it is an exposé of her restricted life, behind the veil, married into the Bin Laden clan.

This is a quick read, compared to Jean Sasson's 'Princess Sultana' (3-book) series, which expounds in greater detail the lives of women in Saudi Arabia, the rel...more
caroline
Read this book while I was traveling in Jordan with my half-Jordanian boyfriend. It was actually quite scary. I think I should have read it first. I got out okay though!
Laura
May 21, 2014 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Elsie
Shelves: read-in-2014
A truly fascinating perspective of life inside Saudi Arabia and inside the Bin Laden family. I often had difficulty relating to the author and her extremely (bordering on ridiculously) privileged life, and I didn't rate the book highly because I didn't find the writing to be very strong. Reading the description of her "escaping" an ultra-orthodox islamic clan and country I expected a little more drama than her just deciding to stay in her Swiss mansion instead of taking her private jet back to S...more
Beth
They should republish this book with the by-line:
"Rich House Wives of Saudi Arabia"
Jules
No one will be able to argue with the majority of content of this book as it explains the difficulties of life experienced by women in Saudi Arabia. The author Carmen Bin Ladin uses her notorious married name to outline issues of her ‘veiled’ life following her marriage to Yeslem, one of Osama Bin Laden’s older brothers.

Born in Europe to Swiss-Iranian parentage, Carmen (and I’ll deliberately use her forename rather than her notorious surname here to save any confusion) demonstrates an attitude...more
Gabriella
The former sister-in-law of Osama Bin laden gives a very candid look into Saudi Arabian society, as she tells us a little bit about their history and how they evolved into into the country they are today. She tells us about the many restrictions they have, especially on women and how they have no input at all. All of their restrictions, hyprocrisy and lack of love (especially in a marriage) results in them having a tasteless life. Carmen tells us how a lot of places in the nation were very bland...more
Kathi
An interesting look into the Bin Laden family from a woman who married into it. Carmen was a raised in a privileged family; her mother was from Persia (now known as Iran) and her father was from Switzerland, where she was raised. When she met the man who became her husband, Yeslam Bin Ladin, he was a charming, good looking, kind and generous young man. He was going to school in the States, at UCLA. They fell in love, married and moved to LA. Carmen was in love with her new husband and her new li...more
Beth F.
I’ve read some critiques of this book and the ones that bother me the most are those that say, “She isn’t a very good writer so the writing is awkward.”

I read things like that and I can’t help but think, “um, DUH?” When you are reading a memoir, as opposed to a piece of well-written literary fiction, you are not reading it because the person is an excellent writer. You’re reading it because they’ve had an interesting life and you want to know more about it.

Carmen bin Laden is the daughter of a...more
Lammoth
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Кармен бин Ладен е от персийски произход, отгледана като мюсюлманка, но винаги живяла в светска среда. Израснала в Швейцария, където среща Ислам бен Ладен - братът на печално известния терорист Осама бин Ладен. Първоначално е впечатлена от обноските и държанието на Ислам, омъжва се за него, без да подозира в кой свят ще попадне по-късно. В автобиографичната й книга "Отхвърленото фередже" тя описва този ужасен свят. Свят, който тя, а и ние като светско наст...more
Lore Eargle
This book fascinated me because the author does a wonderful job of describing day-to-day life for wealthy Muslim women in Saudi Arabia. That said, I agree with the reviewer who said the author whined a lot even though she had so many more choices than those women in Saudi Arabia who live without her money, connections, power, etc. As challenging as her life was--and it is challenging for any woman in Saudi Arabia--I can't imagine what it must be like for women who have none of those things--no h...more
Amy
What a waste of time. Thankfully, the type was large and it was, relatively, short. She was a terrible writer for starters. She was all over the map logically. She repeated herself a massive amount of times. She kept saying things like, "That's when I realized...." Which she had just realized for the first time a few pages before.

It was all VERY irritating. She was privileged in Saudi Society. She had access to millions of dollars. I couldn't believe how long she stayed there. For ALL the talk,...more
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Carmen bin Ladin, born Carmen Dufour, in Geneva, Switzerland, is a member of the bin Laden family. She was raised in Lausanne by her mother only in Switzerland with three little sisters (Salomé, Béatrice, and Magnolia). Her father is Swiss (Dufour) and her mother Persian (Mirdoht-Sheybani).

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