Curious About the Missing Princess? 3 Books Detail the Lives of Middle Eastern Women | Modern Society of USA

Curious About the Missing Princess? 3 Books Detail the Lives of Middle Eastern Women

Curious About the Missing Princess? 3 Books Detail the Lives of Middle Eastern Women

The story of the princess Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum’s failed escape attempt from Dubai has brought renewed attention to the often-restricted lives of women in the Middle East. These books offer more insight.

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PRINCESS
A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia
By Jean P. Sasson
288 pp. William Morrow. (1992)

Sasson tells the story of Sultana, whose uncle King Faisal ruled Saudi Arabia until 1975, and shows how restrictions against women in Saudi Arabia affect even those in the privileged class. Sultana has nine sisters; one, married to a much older, sexually sadistic man, attempted suicide. Another was circumcised. Women in the Kingdom are valued mostly for their reproductive ability, Sasson says, and when Sultana was unable to bear more than five children, her husband tried to take another wife. In later books Sasson also writes about Sultana’s daughters and her social circle.

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THE WIND IN MY HAIR
My Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran
By Masih Alinejad
400 pp. Little, Brown. (2018)

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