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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
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This book was truly excellent and a page-turner. I read it straight through on my cross-country flight. It shows the REAL Saudi Arabia. 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 and why you shouldn't go there. The royal family's main concern is staying in power. They are supposed to be the guardians of Islam...but underneath this righteousness lies many human rights issues . The only reason the United States doesn't say anything about their abysmal human rights record is because we need their oil.

I am still haunted by the poor trucker who went through hell to get his delivery into Saudi Arabia but who had his ARMS CHOPPED off because the man from whom he bought his truck had stolen it and he was unaware of that when he bought the truck. He was the sole supporter of his large family. This kind of unfathomable barbarity is commonplace in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and in many Muslim countries. You've got stoning, beheadings and rape (in which it's always the woman's fault) and....well,read the book. (By the way, having taught Saudis for many years, I can attest to the kindness of the average citizen...I got to know many good young men and women...bright spots in the Saudi culture.)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Veiled atrocities 25 avril 2010
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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
5.0 étoiles sur 5 another land and customs 19 janvier 2015
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Veiled Atrocities 30 juillet 2013
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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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