Daughters Of Arabia

Princess 2
Author: Jean Sasson
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 144641244X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
View: 5024

Readers of Princess Sultana's extraordinary biography Princess were gripped by her powerful indictment of women's lives behind the veil within the royal family of Saudi Arabia. They were every bit as fascinated by the sequel, Daughters of Arabia. Here, the princess turns the spotlight on her two daughters, Maha and Amani, both teenagers. Surrounded by untold opulence and luxury from the day they were born, but stifled by the unbearably restrictive lifestyle imposed on them, they 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 backdrop of Saudi Arabian culture and social mores which she depicts with equal colour and authenticity. We learn, for example, of the fascinating ritual of the world-famous annual pilgrimage to Makkah as we accompany the princess and her family to this holiest of cities. Throughout, however, she never tires of her quest to expose the injustices which her society levels against women. In her courageous 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.

Princess Sultana's daughters

Author: Jean P. Sasson
Publisher: Doubleday Books
ISBN: 9780385474443
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 229
View: 2709

The gripping and candid sequel to Princess chronicles the fates of Princess Sultana's two daughters--the elder, driven by isolation and fear into a lesbian relationship and mental breakdown, and the younger, who is seduced by fundamentalist fanaticism.

Princess Sultana's Circle

Author: Jean Sasson
Publisher: Turtleback
ISBN: 9780613709156
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 253
View: 4843

This book paints a horrifying reality for women of the desert kingdom. It is a haunting look at the danger of Saudi male dominance and the desperate lives of the women they rule.


Author: Jean Sasson
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448111315
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 304
View: 608

In a land where Kings still rule, I am a Princess. You must know me only as Sultana, for I cannot reveal my true name for fear that harm will come to me and my family for what I am about to tell you. Think of a Saudi Arabian princess and what do you see? A woman glittering with jewels, living a life of unbelievable luxury. She has gold, palaces, swimming-pools, servants, designer dresses galore. But in reality she lives in a gilded cage. She has no freedom, no vote, no control over her own life, no value but as a bearer of sons. Hidden behind the veil, she is a prisoner, her jailers her father, her husband, her sons. 'Sultana' is a member of the Saudi royal family, closely related to the King. For the sake of her daughters, she decided that it was time for a woman in her position to speak out about the reality of life for women in her country, whatever their rank. She tells of her own life, from her turbulent childhood to her arranged marriage - a happy one, until her husband decided to take a second wife - and of the lives of her sisters, her friends and her servants. In contrast to the affection and easy camaraderie amongst the women, she relates a history of appalling oppression against them, everyday occurrences that in any other culture would be seen as shocking human rights violations: forced marriages, servants bullied into sex slavery, summary executions. Princess is a testimony to a woman of indomitable spirit and great courage. By speaking out, 'Sultana' risked bringing the wrath of the Saudi establishment upon her head and upon the heads of her children. For this reason, she told her story anonymously.

Desert Royal

Princess 3
Author: Jean Sasson
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1446497925
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 336
View: 8508

In Princess, readers were shocked by Sultana's revelations about life in Saudi Arabia's royal family. Royal women live as virtual prisoners, surrounded by unimaginable wealth and luxury, privileged beyond belief, and yet subject to every whim of their husbands, fathers, and even their sons. Daughters of Arabia featured Sultana's teenage daughters, determined to rebel but in very different ways. And now, in Desert Royal, Sultana's fight for women's rights in a repressive, fundamentalist Islamic society, has an extra sense of urgency. The threat of world terrorism, the gathering strength of religious leaders and the discontent of impoverished Saudis are threatening to topple the comfortable world Sultana has known. But an extended family 'camping' trip in the desert brings Sultana and her relatives face to face with their nomadic roots, and nourishes her will to carry on the fight for women's rights in all Muslim countries. This updated edition contains an all-new chapter as well as a letter from Sultana herself, encouraging all women to take up the struggle for freedom for their abused sisters throughout the world.

Mayada, Daughter of Iraq

One Woman's Survival Under Saddam Hussein
Author: Jean Sasson
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101119187
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 352
View: 9182

A member of one of the most distinguished and honored families in Iraq, Mayada grew up surrounded by wealth and royalty. But when Saddam Hussein’s regime took power, she was thrown into cell 52 in the infamous Baladiyat prison with seventeen other nameless, faceless women from all walks of life. To ease their suffering, these “shadow women” passed each day by sharing their life stories. Now, through Jean Sasson, Mayada is finally able to tell her story—and theirs—to the world.

Princess More Tears to Cry

Author: Jean Sasson
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1473508177
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 432
View: 6769

When Jean Sasson’s book Princess: Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia was published, it became an immediate international bestseller. It sold to 43 countries and spent 13 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. Now, in this long-awaited, compelling new book, Sasson and the Princess ‘Sultana’ return to tell the world what it means to be a Saudi woman today. Through advances in education and with access to work, Saudi women are breaking through the barriers; they are becoming doctors, social workers, business owners and are even managing to push at the boundaries of public life. Major steps forward have, undoubtedly, been made. But this is not the whole story. Sadly, despite changes in the law, all too often legal loopholes leave women exposed to terrible suppression, abuse and crimes of psychological and physical violence. For many, the struggle for basic human rights continues. This fascinating insight will include personal stories of triumph and heartbreak, as told to Princess 'Sultana', her eldest daughter, and author Jean Sasson. Each of these stories will offer the reader a glimpse into different aspects of Saudi society, including the lives of the Princess, her daughter and other members of the Al-Saud Royal family.

Princess: Secrets to Share

Author: Jean Sasson
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1473526051
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 384
View: 1843

After the recent success of Princess, More Tears to Cry the Princess Al-Saud and Jean Sasson are collaborating on this new book to bring readers up to date not only with the Princess and her family but the stories and experiences of characters who formed the focus of the last book: Dr Meena - the woman who helps abused women to heal and fight for their rights, and Fatima, the mother of twin daughters who, once abused and abandoned by her family, now works for the Princess in one of the royal palaces. Here too, are the stories of other Muslim women - women who are struggling with human rights abuses from across the region - from Pakistan, Syria and Northern Lebanon - and the many innocent victims who suffer the consequences of ISIS's march across the Middle East. This new book will attract both Jean Sasson's many loyal readers and new audiences eager to learn more about not only how the Saudi Royal family live, but how with courage and determination the Princess continues the fight for equal rights for women in the Middle East.

Growing Up bin Laden

Osama's Wife and Son Take Us Inside Their Secret World
Author: Najwa bin Laden,Omar bin Laden,Jean Sasson
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781429932332
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 352
View: 9583

The New York Times calls GROWING UP BIN LADEN: "The most complete account available of the terrorist's immediate family." (May 15, 2011) A true story that few ever believed would come to light, GROWING UP BIN LADEN uncovers startling revelations and hidden secrets carefully guarded by the most wanted terrorist of our lifetime, Osama bin Laden. "I was not always the wife of Osama bin Laden. Once I was an innocent child dreaming little girl dreams..." Thus begins this powerful story as Najwa bin Laden, who married her cousin Osama bin Laden at the age of 15 to become his first wife and the mother to eleven of his children, and her son, Omar bin Laden, the fourth-born son of Osama bin Laden. Together, mother and son tell an extraordinarily powerful story of a man hated by so many, yet both loved and feared by his family, with spine-tingling details about the life and times of the man they knew as a husband and father, including: - Osama's disapproval of modern conveniences, including electricity and medicine- His plan to toughen up his sons by taking them into the desert without food or water- Transporting his wives and children to the rough terrain of Sudan, where he claimed to be preparing them for attacks from western powers, commanding them to dig holes, and to sleep in those holes, allowing nothing more than sand and twigs for cover- Omar's horror at the rape and murder of a boy his own age, by members of a jihadist group living among them in the Sudan. - What happened in the bin Laden home in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on the morning of September 11, 2001, and Omar's surprise phone call with his mother, who escaped from Afghanistan only two days before the shattering events that killed so many innocent people Since September 11, 2001, journalists have struggled to uncover carefully guarded information about Osama's private life. Until now, Osama Bin Laden's family members have not cooperated with any writers or journalists. Now, with unprecedented access and insight, Jean Sasson, author of the bestselling Princess: A True Story Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia, takes us inside the secret world of Osama bin Laden.

Love in a Torn Land

Joanna of Kurdistan: The True Story of a Freedom Fighter's Escape from Iraqi Vengeance
Author: Jean Sasson
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons
ISBN: 1118110927
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 352
View: 2666

In this incredible true love story, bestselling author Jean Sasson shares Joanna al-Askari's personal journey of fear and fortitude through a Baghdad childhood and life as a Kurdish freedom fighter during the Iran-Iraq War. Inspiring and unforgettable, Love in a Torn Land shares Joanna's passionate and unflagging determination to survive and fight—for love, life, and the freedom of her beloved Kurdistan.

Princess: Stepping Out Of The Shadows

Author: Jean Sasson
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 147356025X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 288
View: 6422

In the international bestseller, Princess: The True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia, Princess Al-Sa’ud and the acclaimed author Jean Sasson began a remarkable series of books. Now, more than twenty-five years later, this compelling journey continues as we follow the fortunes and the dazzling life of the Princess, her friends and her family. But, of course, there is a less glamorous, much darker side to this engaging series, and in Stepping Out of the Shadows Jean and the Princess focus their attention on how, despite positive news on civil rights reforms, Saudi women still suffer physical and psychological abuse and have little legal protection due to the archaic guardianship laws of the land. So, although this is a kingdom on the threshold of revolutionary change – change spearheaded by the young Saudi Crown Prince who is keen to modernize his country – any thoughts of equal rights and the chance to lead an independent life remain little more than dreams for most Saudi women. Whilst the Princess acknowledges and welcomes the reforms that are on the horizon, through stories of joy and sorrow, we see how she is determined to continue to fight for equal rights for women in this, her beloved kingdom.

Yasmeena's Choice

A True Story of War, Rape, Courage and Survival
Author: Jean P. Sasson
Publisher: Liza Dawson Associates
ISBN: 9781939481146
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 248
View: 3236

Yasmeena was an innocent abroad. She was a college educated, English-speaking flight attendant graced with an unusual amount of confidence and sophistication. She was also a virgin and a conservative Muslim daughter and sister. When Yasmeena's flight out of Kuwait was delayed, it was because Saddam Hussein had just invaded Kuwait. Iraqi soldiers threw her into a woman's prison where the guards committed ghastly sexual attacks and tortured the women in excruciating ways.

For the Love of a Son

Author: Jean Sasson
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0553820206
Category: History
Page: 459
View: 1272

From the time she was a little girl, Maryam rebelled against the terrible second-class existence that was her destiny as an Afghan woman. She had witnessed the miserable fate of her grandmother and three aunts, and wished she had been born a boy. As a feisty teenager in Kabul, she was outraged when the Russians invaded her country. After she made a public show of defiance, she had to flee the country for her life. A new life of freedom seemed within her grasp,but her father arranged a traditional marriage to a fellow Afghan, who turned out to be a violent man. Beaten, raped and abused, Maryam found joy in the birth of a baby son. But then her brutal husband stole him away far beyond his mother's reach. For many long years she searched for her lost son, while civil war and Taliban oppression raged back home in Afghanistan. Set against a landscape littered with tragic tales of horrific suffering, Jean Sasson, author of Princess, chronicles the story of one resolute but tormented woman determined to achieve freedom and equality with men.

Ester's Child

A Novel
Author: Jean P. Sasson
Publisher: Windsor Brooke Books
ISBN: 9780967673738
Category: Fiction
Page: 448
View: 9608

Follows the lives of members of three families: the Gale family, Jewish settlers living in Jerusalem; Demetrius Antoun, raised in the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut; and Christine Kleist, daughter of a guilt-ridden former S.S. officer.

Not Without My Daughter

Author: Betty Mahmoody,William Hoffer
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0552152161
Category: Americans
Page: 528
View: 2050

"An Iranian doctor living in America with his American wife Betty and their child Mahtob wants to see his homeland again. He convinces his wife to take a short holiday there with him and Mahtob. Betty is reluctant, as Iran is not a pleasant place, especially if you are American and female. Upon arrival in Iran, it appears that her worst fears are realized: Moody declares that they will be living there from now on. Betty is determined to escape from Iran, but taking her daughter with her presents a larger problem."

Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar

Author: Emilie Ruete
Publisher: Markus Wiener Publishers
ISBN: 9781558760073
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 298
View: 8654

Recounts the life of a Muslim princess from Zanzibar in the 1800s, who left behind her privileged life to marry a merchant-trader and return with him to live in Germany

A Father's Betrayal

Author: Gabriella Gillespie
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781909477193
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 370
View: 9199

Muna and her three sisters were happy children, growing up in Newport South Wales with their English mother and Arabic father. But in 1972 her mother disappeared, setting in motion a chain of events which would forever shatter her seemingly loving family.

Nightmares in the Saudi Arabian Desert

Author: Alexandra Symeonidou
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781502367686
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 308
View: 2064

This is my autobiography, my true story, starting out as a young educated cosmopolitan woman from Athens Greece when life was opening up before me, full of promise. With dreams of living in Paris, the City of Light that I loved so much...However, love beckoned me in the form of a charming Arab with promises of paradise and I decided to leave everything behind, including my dreams. However, my marriage to a handsome important Saudi will become my prison from which escape seems impossible...Will she make it? Will she manage to escape the nightmare and reclaim her right to life?Review"From love story to Arabian nightmare"... "Paris-educated Alexandra Symeonidou was a stewardess at Saudi Arabian Airlines when she fell in love with he pilot colleague. The years of torture she endured are now depicted in her book"... Neos Kosmos - Melbourne, Australia "It took three years to write the book, which was a best seller in Europe, because it was difficult to keep reliving the pain" - The National Herald - New York"If all this sounds like a fairy tale to you, well I can assure you, that if you were with me at this beautiful apartment in Athens, you would not think so. Nothing in this apartment resembled Saudi Arabia, and the lady in front of me was not smiling when talking about her life as presented in her autobiography..." - The Greek Reporter - Los Angeles"From a good life to a nightmarish isolation". - The Hellenic Voice - ChicagoBiographyAlexandra Simeonidou was born and grew up in Athens, Greece. As a French speaker, she studied in France (French and English Literature at the University of Aix- en-Provence and at the Institute of Political Sciences - IEP). She worked for the Greek National Tourist Board at its Paris offices in the Public Relations department. Later, she was employed by the Official Journal of the European Union, a position she left to work as an air hostess with Saudi Airlines. She lives with her son in Athens. Currently, she divides her time between writing and public affairs.

The rape of Kuwait

the true story of Iraqi atrocities against a civilian population
Author: Jean P. Sasson
Publisher: Knightsbridge Pub Co Mass
ISBN: 9781561291939
Category: History
Page: 154
View: 9499

Interviews with exiled Kuwaitis reveal the brutality and atrocities to which the citizens of Kuwait were subjected after Iraq's invasion of the country on August 2, 1990