Monday, March 16, 2009

In the Land of Invisible Women

I'm over half way through this book by Qanta Ahmed. It's fascinating! I'm learning all sorts of things about Saudi Arabia:

1. People call it the Kingdom.
2. Jews aren't allowed in the Kingdom.
3. Women must be covered in an abbaya at all times in public.
4. Women aren't allowed to drive or go anywhere un-escorted by a man.
5. There are police that walk around looking for women and men who aren't following
the law and humiliates them in public...sometimes arresting them.
6. The punishment for murder is execution.
7. Weddings are a segregated event.
8. Women only paint their fingernails and toenails when they have their period.
9. Women aren't allowed to pray when they have their period.
10. Dating is not allowed in the Kingdom.

I wouldn't last long...

Anyone have any suggestions for my next read?


Kristina P. said...

That sounds like such an interesting book!

Lisa said...

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. It's a fascinating book!

Mimi said...

Stiff! what a great title! thanks's on my list.