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Inside The Kingdom by Carmen Bin Ladin
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Jun 11, 2009

really liked it
Read in June, 2009

This was a very fascinating story by the sister-in-law (or former one) of Osama Bin Laden. She shared a look at Saudi Arabia culture and how suffocating it is on the women especially. The root word of woman in their language means "sin" and women are treated with extreme disdain. In turn, the women learn to be deceptive and rude to those they can (like the servants that work in their homes).
Also, I was surprised at first to learn that homosexuality is prevalant in Saudi Arabia. It does make sense though that if men and women are taught to be separated emotionally, they will look for "love" among their own gender. To me her marriage story was extremely sad, but I was grateful she and her 3 daughters escaped that country to be free from the bizarre culture of Saudi Arabia.

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