In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom by Qanta A. Ahmed (3 stars)

This book has definitely opened a whole new world to me.  Whilst I know vaguely of how oppressed women are in countries such as Saudi Arabia, I’ve never really explored it any deeper.

Whilst the author herself is a Muslim, she has lived a Westernised life which granted her freedom of choice & speech.  In this book, we explore what it is like, from a Westernised viewpoint, of life in the Saudi Kingdom, especially for a woman. Being a woman in a western world myself, I was fascinated and infuriated with certain events & views.

I think this book is written as a memoir in dedication to the author’s Saudi Arabian friends who are working for a better future of Saudi Arabia especially for the welfare of women & children.  Good on them! I’m more than glad that the book ends with a note of hope and not bitterness on the part of the author.

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