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ISBN13: 9780967673752
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Readers of Princess Sultana's extraordinary story, Princess, were gripped by her powerful indictment of women's lives behind the veil within the royal family of Saudi Arabia. Now, Jean Sasson turns the spotlight on Sultana's two teenage daughters, Maha and Amani.

As second-generation members of the royal family who have benefited from Saudi oil wealth, Maha and Amani have never known the poverty which their grandparents experienced as children. Surrounded by untold opulence and luxury from the day they were born and which they take for granted, but stifled by the unbearably restrictive lifestyle imposed on them, they have reacted in equally desperate ways.

Their dramatic and shocking stories, together with many more which concern other members of Princess Sultana's huge family, are set against a rich backcloth of Saudi Arabian culture and social mores which are depicted with equal color and authenticity. We learn, for example, of the fascinating ritual of the world-famous annual pirlgrimage to Makkah as we accompany the princess and her family to this holiest of cities.

Throughout, however, Sultana never tires of her quest to expose the injustices which her society levels against women. In her couragewious campaign to improve the lot of her own daughters of Arabia, Princess Sultana once more strikes a chord amongst all women who are lucky enough to have the freedom to speak out for themselves.

Review:

"Sasson's sequel to Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil is another page-turner related by "Princess Sultana."' A member of the royal family of Saudi Arabia, Sultana now is married to a progressive prince, but this privileged status does not protect her or her two daughters from the country's repressive laws against women. Though a devout Muslim, Sultana believes the entrenched male power structure has perverted religious doctrine to justify veiling women and depriving them of basic civil liberties. The lack of opportunity to forge equal relationships with men before and after marriage, Sultana argues, is why one of her daughters became fanatically religious and the other suffered a mental breakdown. This eye-opening account is limited to life among the royals rather than a critique of Saudi Arabian society, although Sultana describes the brutal custom of female circumcision practiced by the poor." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"It is a mark of great courage that Sultana decided to continue her story." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

The haunting sequel to "Princess" recounts Princess Sultana's story of her two daughters, growing up within and rebelling against religious zeal and the male-dominated society of Saudi Arabia.

About the Author

Jean Sasson is a writer and lecturer who has lived in Saudi Arabia and traveled extensively in the Middle East. She is the author of four internationally bestselling books on the Middle East, including The Rape of Kuwait, Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia, Princess Sultana's Daughters, and Princess Sultana's Circle. Jean now lives in the deep South, although she still visits the Middle East frequently.

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Nance, September 20, 2014 (view all comments by Nance)
Princess Sultana's Daughters is the second book in the non-fiction series about a Saudi princess, by Jean Sasson. Most recently, the author wrote a fourth book in the series, titled Princess, More Tears to Cry. All of the books in the series are so interesting and inspirational. Princess Sultana's Daughters concentrates mainly on the princess and her two daughters who are as different as night and day. In the newest book, the princess talks more about many of the women that she has helped through her tireless effort to bring about change and freedom to the women of her country. Since Jean Sasson first wrote Princess twenty-two years ago there has been some change for the better, but change and even the smallest freedoms come slowly; as we learn in Princess More Tears to Cry. There is a fascinating new interview with the author on the Gulf News site talking all about her new book, by the way!
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John Whitmore, May 22, 2014 (view all comments by John Whitmore)

So you think the battle for women’s rights has been won? Think again. In her several books Jean Sasson depicts the indignities women of the Middle East, especially Saudi Arabia, suffer daily. Especially in this book, she gives a vivid and engrossing picture of the powerless position of even royalty and the mega-rich. Arranged marriages, the possibility of losing her children forever in a capricious divorce, even being forbidden to drive a car are just a few of the laws and customs which keep a woman very subordinate to men. And vast wealth is no panacea.
This book is conversational and exceptional, surprising and a fascinating look at the dark ages of womens’ struggle to be themselves, yet hopeful as, little by little, slow progress is made to bring women to full equality with men in one of the most patriarchal darkest corners of the world.
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Jeane, February 13, 2008 (view all comments by Jeane)
This book picks up where Princess left off. It tells more about the traditions, customs, religious beliefs and societal woes of a Muslim country. There are several chapters in particular describing a family pilgrimage to Mecca. The heightened conflicts of religious and social ideas are expressed in Sultana's own family division: one of her daughters became a religious fundamentalist, preaching to and condemning family and friends. The other reacted to her horror of how men treated women by engaging in a love affair with a female friend. The book describes many injustices and abuse experienced by women in Saudi Arabia. Although I admired Sultana's cause, I found myself uneasy about some of the means she used to promote her ideas and defend other women: verbal insults, hysterics, physical assaults, even blackmail and petty theft. Perhaps these were the only way to get results when her life was so controlled by men, but all this alongside the tales of scandals and scenes of high drama made me feel at times like I was reading a soap opera. A very dramatic, intense book!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780967673752
Author:
Sasson, Jean
Publisher:
Windsor-Brooke Books
Location:
Van Nuys, Calif.
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Royalty
Subject:
Princesses
Subject:
Middle East - Saudi Arabia
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Women -- Saudi Arabia -- Social conditions.
Subject:
Princesses - Saudi Arabia
Subject:
Biography-Women
Copyright:
Series Volume:
106-926
Publication Date:
20100131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.40x5.43x.72 in. .64 lbs.

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Biography » Royalty
Biography » Women
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Middle East » Arabian Peninsula
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"Review" by , "Sasson's sequel to Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil is another page-turner related by "Princess Sultana."' A member of the royal family of Saudi Arabia, Sultana now is married to a progressive prince, but this privileged status does not protect her or her two daughters from the country's repressive laws against women. Though a devout Muslim, Sultana believes the entrenched male power structure has perverted religious doctrine to justify veiling women and depriving them of basic civil liberties. The lack of opportunity to forge equal relationships with men before and after marriage, Sultana argues, is why one of her daughters became fanatically religious and the other suffered a mental breakdown. This eye-opening account is limited to life among the royals rather than a critique of Saudi Arabian society, although Sultana describes the brutal custom of female circumcision practiced by the poor."
"Review" by , "It is a mark of great courage that Sultana decided to continue her story."
"Synopsis" by , The haunting sequel to "Princess" recounts Princess Sultana's story of her two daughters, growing up within and rebelling against religious zeal and the male-dominated society of Saudi Arabia.
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