Posted by: koolwine | August 12, 2010

Saudi Arabia: Girls of Riyadh

Country: Saudi Arabia

Local Name: Al Arabiyah as Suudiyah (in transliterated Arabic)

The 2009 Global Gender Gap Report ranked Saudi 133rd out of 134 countries in “economic participation and opportunity” for women.  Women are not allowed drive, vote, appear in court, and are required to wear robe-like abayas and headscarves when in public.

Title: Girls of Riyadh

Author: Rajaa Alsanea (Saudi); Translated by Rajaa Alsanea and Marilyn Booth

Published: 2005  Pages: 281

Acclaim/Notoriety: Banned by the Saudi government;  Alsanea received death threats “for bringing her nation’s women into disrepute;” Nominated for the 2009 Dublin Literary Award

Time Period: 2000s

Summary: Details the romances, marriages and divorces of four twenty-something women who reside in one of the world’s most conservative Muslim cities.


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