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

Written by:
Md Qanta A. Ahmed
Narrated by:
Nicola Barber

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2012
14 hours 48 minutes
A strikingly honest look into Islamic culture—in particular women and Islam—and what it takes for one woman to recreate herself in the land of invisible women.

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 of Saudi Arabia is a world apart, a land of unparalleled 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.

Very few Islamic books for women give a firsthand account of what it's like to live in a place where Muslim women continue to be oppressed and treated as inferior to men. But if you want to learn more about the Islamic culture in an unflinchingly real way, this book is for you.

'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
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Kendall Gutierrez

I just finished this book and have to say I absolutely loved it. It was a nice change to hear the view of a Western trained Muslim doctor experiencing a society so different from hers. At times it was down right maddening to read about certain things, like the hate that is willingly taught to children and at others it touched my heart and soul. Reading about Dr. Ahmed's trip to Mecca was like being there with her. It made me smile to listen to her tell her story of finally finding her place in her faith. The Q&A after the story was full of interesting information. It was nice to hear that things are changing for the women of Saudi Arabia. The narrator was awesome and normally I don't care for female narrators but Ms. Barber surely brought the story to life. Highly recommended.

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