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Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia
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Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia [Kindle Edition]

Jean Sasson
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In this consistently gripping work, a Literary Guild alternate selection in cloth, the American-born Sasson recounts the life story of a Saudi princess she met while living in Saudi Arabia, offering a glimpse of the appalling conditions endured by even privileged women in the Middle East. Photos.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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One must keep in mind the context of time and place when reading this emotional and exciting book to alleviate some of the horror of the injustices endured by the women described here. Equality of men and women has not worked out in any society, but the status of women in Islam is more problematic in that canon law is applied according to the social climate. Consequently, countries influenced by the West, such as Egypt, are more relaxed than countries like Saudi Arabia that are ruled by strict Hanbali law, which subjects women to unwelcome marriages, execution at whim, and the boredom of purdah . In this book, Sasson ( The Rape of Kuwait , Knightsbridge Pub. Co., 1991) tells the fascinating story of "Sultana," an unidentified Saudi princess who yearns for recognition in her own right, not as an adjunct of men. For those who wish to know more, Soraya Altorki's Women in Saudi Arabia ( LJ 1/86) and Paryeen Shaukat Ali's Status of Women in the Muslim World (Aziz Pub., 1975. o.p.) are good. Recommended for popular collections. (Illustrations not seen.) Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/92.
- Louise Leonard, Univ. of Florida Libs., Gainesville
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and unforgettable! July 12 2004
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Anytime I had a moment to read, I reached for this book and was absorbed by the story. I'm ready to read more books by Princess Sultana.
This is a fascinating first-hand look at what women have to go through and live under in countries where life is ruled by men. There isn't any way out of that life except by following or being forced to follow the cruel or oppressive conditions.
This book follows the princess from her girlhood to an arranged marriage and its consequences.
Highly recommended to anyone who is interested in women's rights, their lives and dark secrets in different countries.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing June 5 2004
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This is one of those rare books which I pick up, and read it continuously till the end. Even when I get up to take a break, I feel drawn to this book. Maybe it is becuase I lived in Emirates most of my life and have been sheilding from royalty, but now I see that royality does not mean piousness and religious conformity. The wonderful stories of the princess does change you. I am a Pakistani male, but after reading this book, I think men should get somehow involved in correcting the misinterpreted Islamic History.... Qur'an does say to avoid extremism, chavunism, .... which is exactly what is happening.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my gosh! May 6 2004
What a hard story to read! Princess Sultana's life is nothing like a the life of the Princesses of Britain. I knew that women in Saudi Arabia were completely veiled and that they were considered possesions of men there but I did not know to what extreme life is like there! The scariest part is that this book was published in 2001! This is not a story of life in Saudi Arabia a long time ago, it is what is happening there NOW.
Not enough people realize what life is like in some countries and it's our ignorance that is helping to keep these countries the way they are.
This story is Book I of the Princess Triologies, the other two being Princess Sultana's Daughters and Princess Sultana's Circle. I can't get a hold of these sequals fast enough, that's how much I 'enjoyed' this book. Enjoyed really isn't the right word as how can you enjoy reading about such horrible treatement of women!
It is important to understand that while Saudi Arabia is 100% Islamic, most of what is happening is not actually a part of the Islmaic Religion but is a twisted version of the Koran and convenient ignoring of some parts of it. Jean Sasson includes some passage from the Koran on women in the back of this book and while some of it seems barbaric to Westeners, a lot of what goes on in Saudi Arabia and other countries is NOT supported by the Koran. This book is not an attack on Islam.
I could talk about this book for hours and you would still be suprised and horrified when reading it. I could not prepare you for this book without actually typing the whole thing out.
I highly recommend this book although only to adults. There may be some younger people who could handle this but I'm 20 and I believe well educated and this was hard for me to digest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Princess March 27 2012
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I borrowed this book from a friend. I loved it so much I bought my own copy so I could re read it more times plus lend it to some friends. It is written suberbly & I did not want to put it down. Opened my eyes to how some of the ladies across the world live.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Now who wants to be a princess?? April 18 2002
An quick read about the life of a Saudi princess -- this book was a page turner. This book was an interesting insider's look into the hardships and challenges of being a woman in the royal Saudi Arabian family. And Sultana is one of the lucky ones -- she was allowed to get an education and her husband truly cares for her. Even still, her life is full of struggle and hardship. Her friends were drowned or locked into a padded room when they displayed any ounce of independence. Her sister suffered through a terrible marriage where she was abused and mistreated. I particularly liked the how the book included information on the history of Saudi Arabia and highlights of some of the existing laws. I thought this book was definitely written for a western audience; I would recommend this book to anyone seeking to learn more about the Saudi culture and the day-to-day lives of women in this culture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What imperils women, imperils the world! April 29 2014
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A respectfully written account of the tragic lives of women in Saudi Arabia..even those of royalty. I found the book interesting, informative, shocking & profoundly sad.
I would recommend it for women of the world, but more importantly as mandatory reading material for all global government officials, in an effort to convince them to make responsible decisions regarding the equality & freedom for women as well as men all over the world. Without women......there would be no men...& vice versa...we must be treated equally for world societies to function healthy & happily.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great ! April 25 2014
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The book looks very interesting, even though I did not read it yet. I was just a bit disappointed that it was not very well packaged and it has small damages, but I will keep it as it is. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting March 1 2014
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Never knew what the women's life (particularly in Saudi Arabia) is like until I read the book. I learned so much.
I feel so sad for the Royal princess but especially for those regular woman citizens in that country.
I hope someday the women get the respect and freedom that they deserve.
I definitely recommend this book. It was very well written.
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Published 4 days ago by jurate
5.0 out of 5 stars Really insightful
It was an excellent book and really gave me insight into how women live and cope in another world unlike my own. My heart goes out to the women that have endured such a hard life!
Published 8 months ago by Jackie Wangler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I just love reading this book, will buy more from this author. Women from around the world suffer from men domination and control. Read more
Published 10 months ago by cee pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great book about Middle Eastern women
Couldn't put this book down! Shocked by what I learned about women in Saudi Arabia! Can't believe some of the details of their lives!
Published 10 months ago by Yvonne
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required reading for females
My comments are the same as those for Princess Sultana's Daghters.
I choose the rating because the subject is of great interest to me and the book was first class in giving... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Marlene R. Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad...
The narrative wasn't bad...but I felt it was lacking a little something. Maybe it needed to be a bit more descriptive for my liking. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Elif
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
It takes us behind the veil on what life is like for women in Saudi today. Not only is the book informative, since it is a biography of an actual Saudi princess. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Penny
4.0 out of 5 stars AN INTERESTING READ
Published 16 months ago by CHARLOTTE GRANNUM
2.0 out of 5 stars Pitiful story - but is it true?
The author relates the story of Sultana, a Princess of Saudi Arabia, from her childhood to adulthood. Read more
Published on Sept. 14 2008 by Kona
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