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

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Sourcebooks, Inc., Sep 1, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
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"In this stunningly written book, a Western trained Muslim doctor brings alive what it means for a woman to live in the Saudi Kingdom. I've rarely experienced so vividly the shunning and shaming, racism and anti-Semitism, but the surprise is how Dr. Ahmed also finds tenderness at the tattered edges of extremism, and a life-changing pilgrimage back to her Muslim faith." - Gail Sheehy

The decisions that change your life are often the most impulsive ones.

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 unparralled contrast. She finds rejection and scorn in the places she believed would most embrace her, but also humor, honesty, loyalty and love.

And for Qanta, more than anything, it is a land of opportunity. A place where she discovers what it takes for one woman to recreate herself in the land of invisible women.
 

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Contents

The Bedouin Bedside
1
A Time to Leave America
7
My New Home a Military Compound
21
Abbayah Shopping
27
Invisible and Safe
33
Saudi Women Who Dance Alone
43
Veiled Doctors
73
The Lost Boys of the Kingdom
83
Wahabi Wrath
229
Doctor Zhivago of Arabia
249
Love in the Kingdom
259
Show Me Your Marriage License
271
An Eye for an Eye
281
Princes Polygamists and Paupers
291
Divorce SaudiStyle
301
The Saudi Divorcée
309

A Fathers Grieving
91
An Invitation to God
111
The Epicenter of Islam
123
Into the Light
131
The Child of God
139
The MillionMan Wheel
147
Committing Haram
153
Calling Doctora
165
Daughters of the Desert
177
Next Stop Absolution
183
Prayer under the Stars
189
Between the Devil and the Red Sea
195
Mutawaeen The Men in Brown
205
Single Saudi Male
217
The Calm before the Storm
221
Desperate Housewives
323
The Making of a Female Saudi Surgeon
335
The Hot Mamma
359
The Gloria Steinem of Arabia
371
Champion of Children
385
911 in Saudi Arabia
395
Final Moments Final Days
413
Rugged Glory
431
Endnotes
439
Bibliography
445
Reading Group Guide
447
Acknowledgments
451
About the Author
455
Back Cover
456
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About the author (2008)

Dr. Ahmed is currently an assistant professor of medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, and Assistant Director of the MUSC Sleep Disorders Laboratory. She is a quadruple boarded in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, critical care medicine, and sleep disorders medicine. She continues to practice intensive care medicine. She became a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, a Diplomat and member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

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