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The gripping sequel to The New York Times bestseller Princess continues the saga of Sultana and her family into the next generation — a shocking, painful look at the sorry state of women's affairs in Muslim society today.
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Overview

The gripping sequel to The New York Times bestseller Princess continues the saga of Sultana and her family into the next generation — a shocking, painful look at the sorry state of women's affairs in Muslim society today.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sasson's sequel to Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil is another page-turner related by ``Princess Sultana.'' A member of the royal family of Saudi Arabia, Sultana now is married to a progressive prince, but this privileged status does not protect her or her two daughters from the country's repressive laws against women. Though a devout Muslim, Sultana believes the entrenched male power structure has perverted religious doctrine to justify veiling women and depriving them of basic civil liberties. The lack of opportunity to forge equal relationships with men before and after marriage, Sultana argues, is why one of her daughters became fanatically religious and the other suffered a mental breakdown. This eye-opening account is limited to life among the royals rather than a critique of Saudi Arabian society, although Sultana describes the brutal custom of female circumcision practiced by the poor. (July)
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In this sequel to the popular Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia (LJ 7/92), Sultana continues her shocking and amazing story into the next generation. Feeling that men are generally at the root of female grief, she argues that it is the duty of the discontented like herself to seek change so that her children's generation will have some relief from the oppression that stifles Saudi women's lives today. The book is more than that-it gives insight into the lives of royalty and the views of those who can be religious while flaunting the strict Sunni rules against alcohol and temporary marriage. This book charms the heart and should be a popular item for general collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 3/15/94.]-Louise Leonard, Univ. of Florida Libs., Gainesville
Brian McCombie
In a country where woman are still essentially bought or bartered, the princess (real name withheld) is justifiably fearful when the family realizes she is the subject of the 1992 expose, "Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia". If this book has a thesis, it is a line the princess uses to describe the troubles her own daughters are going through as they try to assert themselves in the male-dominated society: "When normal is forbidden, people fall into the abnormal." With religious police watching over their morals, one wonders just how more "abnormal" these people and their country can be. The answer: quite a bit. This book, both fascinating and depressing, shows that women are much less than second-class citizens in Saudi society.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385474443
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2006

    Princess Sultana¿s Daughters

    Imagine living a purposeless life while others among you live life with power and importance. ¿In my own country, women are considered nothing more than objects of beauty, sexual toys for the enjoyment of our men.¿ Princess Sultana¿s Daughters by Jean Sasson is the second book, a sequel from Princess: A True Story of Life behind the Veil. This novel, which is based on a true life story, goes behind the veil, exploring what women in Saudi Arabia deal with everyday. The truth sometimes seems to be unbelievable, in both wonderful and terrible situations. A country so lavish in its richness suffers greatly this book does prove that money cannot buy happiness, but can buy connections. The wife, Sultana, is married and has two daughters and a son, Maha, Amina, and Abdullah. She is one of the 10 sisters. She struggles daily to see women rise with men and even beyond them one day, but in Saudi Arabia, one of the world¿s most controlling and strict countries, this will take great effort and time. Sultana is pursuing her mission patiently. ¿I have personal knowledge that women are the equal of men in endurance, resourcefulness, and courage, but I am ahead of my time in the backward land of Arabia.¿ Unbelievable events come and go into her life such as her sister being locked up for 15 years in a room with no company or visits whatsoever, a sister holding on to her life because of her husband¿s beatings, her brother divorcing his many wives constantly and bribing them back into marriage, her daughter Maha having a mental breakdown, her younger daughter Amina deciding to become an extremist (what Sultana is trying to change) and her son helping a loving couple from different classes to runaway together, a Romeo-and-Juliet story. This novel uncovers the truth, the truth that sometimes you do and don¿t want to hear. To see Saudi Arabia and to become part of Saudi Arabia are two very different things. One side is the richness and the luxury, the living of a god/goddess. The other, the torturing life with pain, helplessness, and shocking events that are quite unthinkable. For a country so closed and limited, this book opens up greatly.

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