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Desert Royal by Jean Sasson
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The conclusion of the 'Princess' trilogy. Reading the books in sequence allows the reader to follow the progression of the life of Sultana, Princess of the House of Saud, of Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately, I cannot, at this time, get my hands on the second book, 'Princess Sultana's Daughters.' In this book, as with previous ones, there are torturous and despicable depictions of culturally-approved and sanctioned use and abuse of women as property by men in Arabia, and the battle and struggle of Sultana as she rises to fight against this oppression.
  MomsterBookworm | Jul 14, 2014 |
I didn't find this book as gripping as Princess, Life Behind the Veil, and on occasion felt that Sultana was annoying, but it was still a good read and had interesting and important things to say about the Saudi culture and the doings of the Royal Family. Sultana is aware of, saddened by, and fights againt the oppression of women in Saudi Arabia. Clearly she loves her country even with all its warts. She also finds great strength in her religion and follows it as faithfully as she is able. She reveals unattractive traits about herself and others, and even some cruel things about others in her sphere of influence, Even though the Royal Family is unimaginably wealthy, she didn't make being a family member a particularly attractive prospect for one who has been free every day of her life. ( )
1 vote whymaggiemay | May 1, 2008 |
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With Princess Sultana's Circle, the extraordinary story of Princess Sultana continues. The forced marriage of Sultana's niece to a cruel and depraved older man, and Sultana's discovery of the harem of sex slaves kept by a royal cousin, makes this brave royal princess more determined than ever to fight the oppression of women in Saudi Arabia. Princess Sultana's cause is given an extra sense of urgency against the background of increased dissent against the Al Sa'uds, and the looming spectre of Islamic fundamentalism. But an extended family "camping trip" in the desert brings the luxury-loving Sultana and relatives closer to their nomadic roots, and gives her the strength to carry on the fight for women's rights in all Muslim countries.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.

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Traces the life of Princess Sultana and her struggle for identity in a male-dominated culture, and reveals the practices of arranged marriage and sexual abuse of Saudi Arabian women.

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