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  • In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Qanta A. Ahmed
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    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 unparalleled contrast. She finds rejection and scorn in the places she believed would most embrace her.

    Kimmarie says: "Women under war"
    "Very interesting, though biased..."
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    Would you try another book from Qanta A. Ahmed and/or Nicola Barber?

    I don't think that, based on this book, I would read another by the same author.


    What was most disappointing about Qanta A. Ahmed’s story?

    I was a little bit alarmed by the degree of bias about the hijab. I mean, she wrote about it erasing women, stealing their personhood and their rights. I certainly understand that she was writing from her own experience as a Western woman, but it seemed to project a western interpretation of a foreign practice. The whole book did that, really. I think that was both honest and unfair. It made the book interesting, but also disappointing. I mean, one doesn't need to go to the Saudi Kingdom to get a Westerner's take on women's rights in the Middle East.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the chapters about the haj.


    Did In the Land of Invisible Women inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to find books written by women who are actually from the Saudi Kingdom.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciated the kind of investigatory nature of the book and the "revelation" of the women's world in the Saudi Kingdom.

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