Once I started reading this book I couldn’t stop. I was totally fascinated with the pre 9-11 look at what an American Muslim doctor felt and witnessed as she spent two years in Saudi Arabia. Before Dr. Ahmed visited Saudi she thought she would easily fit into the Muslim lifestyle of Saudi Arabia. She had no idea what she was going to face during her time in Saudi.
If you want greater insight into both the Muslim religion and the Saudi woman’s world, I would recommend this book. I gave it five stars for content. It is an excellent story to read.
I have to say this book opened my eyes to a world that I knew nothing about. Over the years I’d heard stories about the plight of the Saudi woman and looked at the pictures in the National Geographic when an article was done, but I really didn’t pay attention. I thought about working at this hospital that Dr. Ahmed speaks of in her book. I thank God I didn’t go through with it. They would have had me out of the country by sunup the next morning. I don’t like bigotry, antisemitism, or hatred for my country.
The Muslim religion believes in the same God as Christians do. I’ve lived long enough now to know that there is good and bad in both. Put into the hands of extremists, either can be turned into something it was not intended to be.
I am happy to say that the plight of the Saudi woman is changing according to Dr. Ahmed. If you get the opportunity I would highly recommend this book by Dr. Qanta Ahmed.