Princess Sultana's Circle

Princess Sultana's Circle

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by Jean Sasson
     
 

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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

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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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As exotic as any Arabian Nights tale, Princess Sultana's Circle continues Jean Sasson's astonishing narrative of Princess Sultana of the Royal House of Al Sa'ud. The struggles of this regal feminist against the specter of Islamic fundamentalism give this biography an eerie relevance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780967673769
Publisher:
Windsor-Brooke Books
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Pages:
265
Sales rank:
418,584
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.65(d)

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Please see Author Bio from Princess, A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia; and Princess Sultana's Daughters

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Princess Sultana's Circle 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I lived in the Arab world for several years and have heard similar tales and saw first hand the oppression of women in this society. Shocking to any liberated woman. I recently read a new release called "Single in Saudi " by Genia. The tales of a young single American woman working in the Kingdom and breaking all of the rules the Princess couldn't. It is a very different and humorous perspective on life in Saudi and an interesting contrast of women in this oppressive society.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have not read the first two books about Princess Sultana, but I was totally mesmerized with Princess Sultana's Circle. It is a very easy read since it reads like fiction. It also gave me a different persepective of Muslim women and how brave they are. I plan to read the first two books soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best books I have ever read! The stories are so detailed, and very well written. I cried reading the book a few times. The true life stories are amazing and really open your eyes to what happens in other parts of the world. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone who is looking for something good to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've now read Princess Sultana's trilogy and I wish that there were more to read. I started with her first book, 'Princess'. I had no idea what happened to her after she took the huge risk of unveiling the truth about the lives of women in the middle east. Most women will feel very saddened yet empowered to do more after reading about the reality that these women face every day. I think that this book will shock anyone who reads it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read this after 'princess: life behind the veil' and was just as taken by this book. jean sasson does a great job of maing you feel like you're actually in the lives of the secret world of saudi royals. all the scandals and glamour really grabbed my attention and i couldn't put the book down. not only was i entertained by the book, but i also learned a lot about the interesting islamic culture.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a definite eye opener! It tells the story of how women are treated in Saudie Arabia to this day and is simply mind boggling! This is the first out of her 3 books that I read, and I had to go out and buy the first two after finishing this one. I recommend this book to anyone that is curios about the private life of women behind the veil.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the 3rd book in the trilogy and I can't wait to read the next one. In telling the stories of day to day life in a man-dominated society, where the men pick and choose at their interpretation of the religion in order to keep control, Sultana opens eyes in the western world to the horrors of being female in her world. Women are abused verbally, mentally, emotionally, physically and sexually, and all of this is condoned. Even the 'progressive' men do not lift a finger for a 'mere female'. At the end of the 3rd book, Sultana and her sisters are able to save one women from such cruelty and I hope there are more such stories to come. Sultana's courage at just telling the stories is to be comended. I can't imagine what it's like to live in a repressed society like that, and the fact that she has retained her sense of self-esteem and self-worth is a miracle. I would love to meet her someday.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read the Princess trilogy and found each book every bit as interesting and as well written as the first. Every time I read about the women of the Middle East I always say 'There but for the grace of God' go I. I couldn't imagine living under such bondage as even a Princess must live.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read all of the PRINCESS TRILOGY by Jean Sasson and I would rank them all at the top of the pile of books I have in my home. While this is my least favorite of the three, it is highly recommended and you don't want to miss it if you are a fan of Jean Sasson & Princess Sultana. These beautiful books make a wonderful collection in any book lover's home. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although CIRCLE was not my favorite, you really must read it. Princess starts the trilogy with the story of Sultana's life up until the Gulf war (you also learn so much about the Saudi culture--wonderful details that you could never know, otherwise). Daughters, the 2nd book, takes you into Sultana's adulthood with three children. You know it must be true as all children as teenagers give their parents' grief! CIRCLE finishes up the story and you find that Sultana finally comes into adulthood and leaves behind so much of her childest, royal behavior. Take it from an avid reader, don't miss these very interesting and entertaining books. You'll read them over and over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading the story was fascinating, but I was frustrated by the lack of progress for women's rights and against just plain old abuse! I was looking for some sort of plan for the future or at least an organization to join, but I have to assume that's not possible yet? I guess I am wondering that if this truly is an issue then why isn't there some kind of movement amongst the people - perhaps these books are the start of one? Or maybe there are other rebellions afoot that the book didn't mention?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Jean Sasson, the plight of women in the Middle East has been brought to the attention of the world. Jean has shown great courage in focusing not only on the royal females of Saudi Arabia, but on those American and other non-Saudi females who find themselves held against their wills in the Kingdom. Among them is my eight-year-old daughter, and I fear for her future under a regime that has removed all of her human rights. Thanks to Jean Sasson, many readers may have their eyes opened to the serious human rights violations practiced against girls and women in Saudi Arabia, and they may be moved to call their legislators to voice their concerns more loudly about what is happening in the Kingdom. The beauty of Jean's writing is that she does not present her facts in the dry, pedantic style of the political scientist, but in a flowing narrative where the main character's humanity shows through. In spite of huge obstacles and forced anonymity, Princess Sultana may be the closest thing that Saudi Arabia has to a Princess Diana.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The third one in the series turned out to be even better than the last two ones. Its hard to believe that such inhuman and primitive practices are still widely prevalent and people are still ignorant and allow such injustices to go on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all three books about PRINCESS SULTANA and have been consistently 'blown away' by this true story. It is fascinating! It really raised my awarness of the dire circumstances that many women in this world live in. Because of these books I have dedicated much of my life to helping advance the rights and treatment of women. I felt like I was a 'fly on the wall' inside this Middle Eastern culture that is so different from our western world. What an education and a thrilling ride! I couldn't put the book down. Thank you Ms. Sasson!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this third book in the Princess Trilogy to be even more riveting than the first two. Again, Jean Sasson is able to tell not only the true story of an incredibly wealthy yet enslaved royal princess, but to weave into her factual account the atrocities committed against other women throughout Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan. Princess Sultana's Circle also nicely wraps up the three stages of life of this bold and courageous princess. We've already been introduced to her youth and yound adulthood. This time we get a much more reflective look at her life as a mature adult and how she continues to cope with a lesser degree of conferred human dignity, but the resolve to fight on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This true story sad, funny, and inspiring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I worked in the Kingdom and often felt the oppression she talks about. My experience was very different from hers, but often had to fight off the men who thought we Western women were fair game for their unwanted advances and I also chafed at my loss of freedom. My advantage was that I could go home.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After living in Saudi Arabia for over 14 years, I try to read every book written about that country. For me, this one was the best. I know what I am talking about when I tell you that Jean Sasson has captured the true feeling of life in that country. The women, no matter how wealthy they might be, have few rights. They are not allowed any participation in public life. The Saudi men are without a doubt the most arrogant men I have ever seen. Mind you, they were nice to me since I was there as a diplomat's wife. However, I was able to view the truth despite their kindness toward me. Anyone who does not believe this book is simply uneducated, or unwilling to look at truth. There are many agencies who investigate atrocities against women who write the same sort of information. I wish I had lived in the country during the early years of economic growth when Jean Sasson was there. I believe she is a very brave person to take on this cause. I would like to know if she has suffered any harassment due to her strength in writing about the evil of complete male dominance. I hope the author continues to write about this Princess. She writes books that can't be put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all 3 books regarding Princess Sultana's life; I found myself reading into late hours of the night because I couldn't put the books down. Great stories, I hope the author writes more stories about the Princess; I would like to continue reading about her life and the life of other women in her family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books are very good and eye opening. The only issue I have with the last two are that it gets a little depressing. In the first book there is the backstory mixed with all the terrible things that happen to these poor women in Saudi Arabia. In the last two with the basics set,it's just so many depressing stories that it kin of gets to be a lot. Even with that though,I would recommend these because it's tells a very important issue that we should all be more aware of and quit ignoring for our own comfort.
cmkb35 More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just read the introduction to the first booki