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

By Qanta Ahmed

"In this stunningly written e-book, a Western knowledgeable Muslim health care professional brings alive what it ability for a lady to dwell within the Saudi country. i have hardly skilled so vividly the shunning and shaming, racism and anti-Semitism, however the shock is how Dr. Ahmed additionally reveals tenderness on the tattered edges of extremism, and a life-changing pilgrimage again to her Muslim faith." - Gail Sheehy

The judgements that fluctuate your existence are frequently the main impulsive ones.

Unexpectedly denied a visa to stay within the usa, Qanta Ahmed, a tender British Muslim health care professional, turns into an outcast in movement. On a whim, she accepts an exhilarating place in Saudi Arabia. this isn't only a new task; it is a probability at event in an unique land she thinks she is familiar with, a spot she hopes she's going to belong.

What she discovers is tremendously diversified. the dominion is an international aside, a land of unparralled distinction. She unearths rejection and scorn within the areas she believed might such a lot include her, but additionally humor, honesty, loyalty and love.

And for Qanta, greater than whatever, it's a land of chance. a spot the place she discovers what it takes for one girl to recreate herself within the land of invisible ladies.

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