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Veiled Atrocities: True Stories of Oppression in Saudi Arabia
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Veiled Atrocities: True Stories of Oppression in Saudi Arabia [Format Kindle]

Sami Alrabaa

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A deaf-mute woman waiting for her brother to pick her up in front of shop window is arrested by two members of the Saudi "morality police" (mutawas) on suspicion of prostitution. They report their allegation to the governor of Riyadh, who accepts it without question and passes sentence. The next Friday she is stoned to death in public. A German woman married to a Saudi man makes the mistake of taking a taxi downtown without a male escort. For her "crime" she is arrested, raped, and thrown into prison. Later her German-Saudi baby son is taken away and she is deported to Cyprus without passport and money. A Syrian truck driver is accused of stealing the truck he is driving. As a consequence, both of his hands are amputated. Are these incredible but true incidents merely aberrations, the result of a few power-crazed officials acting outrageously outside the reach of a generally law-abiding society? Unfortunately, they are all too common in the theocratic police state that is contemporary Saudi Arabia. As the author vividly recounts in this shocking expose, in the wealthy Saudi oil kingdom there is no such thing as secular law or modern courts. Instead, Saudi princes create the laws, based on Sharia, Islamic law derived from the Koran and Hadith, and the muttawas act as judges, enforcers, and executioners. The author lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for many years. A fluent speaker of Arabic, he was told about the many appalling incidents reported in this book by victims and their friends and relatives. He cross-checked all the accounts here given through multiple interviews. Amazingly, in some cases, the actual victimizers themselves openly, often with condescending and smug contempt, corroborated the events. This revealing portrait of intolerance and social oppression presents an image that foreign reporters never see in the carefully controlled Saudi kingdom.

Biographie de l'auteur

Sami Alrabaa is a professor of anthropology and sociology at a German university. For five years he worked in Saudi Arabia at King Saud University as the deputy chair of the Department of European Languages and Translation.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 275 pages
  • Editeur : Prometheus Books (23 mars 2010)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Page turner 18 septembre 2012
Par Ameena A. - Publié sur
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This book was truly excellent. I read it straight for 5 hours on my flight from Buffalo NY to Seattle. It shows the REAL Saudi Arabia, a truly depraved, vile country. My only complaint is each chapter kind of left you hanging. I always wondered...well what ultimately happened to this person. How did they cope? What is their life like today?

Nevertheless, it's a great book if you want to know what it's REALLY like in Saudi Arabia. The royal family is truly corrupt and about as anti-Muslim as you can get. It's all a charade. They are supposed to be the guardians of Islam...but they are a barbaric nation. The only reason the United States doesn't say anything about their abysmal human rights record is because we need their oil.

Can you imagine a poor trucker who went through hell to get his delivery into Saudi Arabia having his ARMS CHOPPED off because the man from whom he bought his truck had stolen it and he didn't know? He was the sole supporter of his large family. This kind of barbarity is common place in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. You've got stoning and beheadings and rape and....well,read the book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Veiled atrocities 25 avril 2010
Par Dennis R. Bruzina - Publié sur
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Excellent , informative, and an eyeopener on the way it is in Saudi Arabia. It is a must read book.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 okay 9 janvier 2013
Par Ms. Primula R. Brereton - Publié sur
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The book is okay but I've read better and more realistic accounts of the goings on there towards their women
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Veiled Atrocities 30 juillet 2013
Par Sian Forster - Publié sur
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What an eye opener. An interesting read, but it highlights the barbaric, inhumane actions of those in power in what can only be classed as a depraved society with no thought or regard for human life. Having lived in the Middle East some years ago, not Saudi I hasten to add, I have seen the extremes of wealth, and poverty, the inhumane treatment of for want of a better word ~ slaves.
This book is very real for those that have experienced the Middle East.
Oppression, barbaric and inhumane are three words that spring to mind within the first few pages.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 This book should be called (Thinly) Veiled Lies... 22 mai 2010
Par Angee - Publié sur
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I feel duped after reading this book, which amounts to little more than yellow journalism. Most people know about the horrors that go on in Saudi Arabia against women, foreigners, and anyone without important connections. There's no question that the regime is hypocritical and brutal and it doesn't bother me that Saudi is portrayed this way. My issue with this book is that 1) Instead of it being solely critical of Saudi Arabia and Wahabism, it's a veiled criticism of Islam in general 2) None of these stories were personally experienced by the author, making them accounts from a friend of a friend (urban legends at best and total fabrications at worst) 3)It's riddled with inaccuracies that really puts the author's reliability into question.

For example, the author tells a story about a man who has 8 wives yet elsewhere in the book he states that the limit legally is 4 wives, so how could the man possibly have 8 wives? Another inconsistency is when a German character repeats a conversation between a Saudi man and his sister, but then goes on to say that she didn't hear the conversation and even if she did, she wouldn't have understood because she didn't speak Arabic. How could she repeat the conversation if she neither heard it or was able to understand it??

Another issue is that instead of making it clear that a lot of what goes on in Saudi is cultural and based on the controversial and much maligned Wahabi sect of Islam, the author makes it seem as if Islam as a whole condones and encourages it all. The majority of Muslims hate Wahabism and what it represents because it has hijacked the religion to serve the purpose of the men who perpetuate it. They use it as a tool to oppress women and even men who have moderate views.

The author admits that names and situations have been changed to "protect" the innocent. I wouldn't be surprised if the names were changed because these incidents never happened and were just made up for sensationalist effect. Googling the author produced results that he is an ex Muslim and it was very apparent in this book that he had an axe to grind against the religion. All over the book he inserts anti-Islamic rhetoric that is not based in any type of fact, but is merely his opinion. He does it so seamlessly that it's hard for the uninformed to tell where the facts end and his opinions begin. Of course, those of you looking to validate your false, narrow views of Islam will relish in this book up and use it to justify your hatred and then say my review wasn't helpful. Just remember, lies may have speed, but truth has endurance.

I was looking for a straightforward account of the way things are in Saudi, but this book is not it. I was very disappointed and would not recommend it. I was insulted because I felt like the author wrote the book for western readers who he thought would just gobble up any anti-Islam and anti-Arab sentiment unquestioningly. For a more balanced and reliable view of life in Saudi from a Western woman's perspective, I would recommend "In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom" by Dr. Qanta Ahmed. Dr. Ahmed provides footnotes to show research when she states things that are not her opinion. There are a number of other books out there that give a truthful account of what Saudi Arabia is like, don't waste your time on Veiled Atrocities.
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