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Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening

Sunday 01/October/2017 - 12:04 PM
Sada El Balad

A ferociously intimate memoir by a devout woman from a modest family in Saudi Arabia who became the unexpected leader of a courageous movement to support women’s right to drive.

Manal al-Sharif grew up in Mecca the second daughter of a taxi driver، born the year fundamentalism took hold. In her adolescence، she was a religious radical، melting her brother’s boy band cassettes in the oven because music was haram: forbidden by Islamic law. But what a difference an education can make. By her twenties she was a computer security engineer، one of few women working in a desert compound that resembled suburban America. 

Daring to Drive is the fiercely intimate memoir of an accidental activist، a powerfully vivid story of a young Muslim woman who stood up to a kingdom of men—and won. Writing on the cusp of history، Manal offers a rare glimpse into the lives of women in Saudi Arabia today. Her memoir is a remarkable celebration of resilience in the face of tyranny، the extraordinary power of education and female solidarity، and the difficulties، absurdities، and joys of making your voice heard.

Editorial Reviews
“A vital، inspiring book.” (O، The Oprah Magazine)

“A brave، extraordinary، heartbreakingly personal story of one woman’s battle for equal rights.... The book provides a rare glimpse into... the hearts and minds of people who live in a society that is mostly off-limits to Westerners. [Al-Sharif's] literary achievement is that despite the huge cultural differences، Daring to Drive shows that Saudi women and men have dreams and fears much like our own.” (Associated Press)

“Future generations will marvel at Manal al-Sharif، whose voice is laden with quiet dignity even at its most urgent. Her gripping account of homegrown courage will speak to the fighter in all of us.” (Deborah Feldman، New York Times bestselling author of Unorthodox)

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (June 13، 2017)
Language: English
Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches

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