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In the Land of Invisible Women by Qanta A. Ahmed
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Aug 04, 12

Read from July 26 to August 04, 2012

This young doctor, raised and trained in Great Britain and the United States entered the repressive kingdom of Saudi Arabia to work at a Riyadh hospital for two years. Dr. Ahmed encountered a society where women must cover every inch of skin when appearing in public. Women may not travel without permission of male family members, cannot drive cars, and may not be seen in the company of unrelated males. There are ubiquitous religious police with the power to arrest, interrogate, and administer physical punishment for any breach of these rules. Everyone, even males, live in fear of these zealots. Of course, I knew of these terrible restrictions. I never did understand why the author chose to spend time in such a place. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, many Saudis openly celebrated the death and destruction taking place in New York. Educated physicians and other professionals openly expressed hatred of Isreal and of Jewish people to the author. To Dr. Ahmed's credit, she strengthened her Islamic faith while living in the Kingdom; a faith that promotes equality of all people and professes love and tolerance, not hatred.
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