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The Burning Veil Paperback – 30 May 2010
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American author Jean Grant, who lived in Saudi Arabia for nine years, shows particularly sensitive insights into both the American and Saudi cultures, dealing with the big issues of women as "second class citizens," the strict rules for "modesty" in clothing, the complications created when women must get permission from a man in the family even to obtain emergency medical treatment, the growing Islamist fundamentalism, and the brutal ad hoc punishments the mutawwa'in (religious police) mete out with impunity (fearing no reprisal from secular police). But she also shows the ways in which American women either make compromises in their own lives, or, in other cases, refuse to make compromises which would make everyone's life easier. As Sarah tries to get to know Ib's family, she discovers what it will take if she is to experience the kind of freedom she needs within the strict boundaries of the family structure and the Muslim culture.
As the culture is explored, the reader can truly imagine what it would be like to be a woman living in this Saudi family.Read more ›
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This book is good for someone who is contemplating working in Saudi and understanding the restrictiveness of the culture without damning it.