An American Woman in Kuwait is a travelogue written by an American lawyer who accompanied her husband, a Ph.D. immunologist, to Kuwait. The trip spanned almost six months, during the cooler parts of the year, from November 2004 to May 2005.
Stephanie C. Fox strips away the veneer of modern technology to explore features of the nation not widely known or appreciated by the public worldwide. A major focus of her work is the degree to which the traditions and prejudices of the tribes from which Kuwaitis claim ancestry act to maintain an inferior status for women.
Outwardly, Kuwait appears enlightened with respect to issues of women’s rights. The rigid dress codes and other restrictive laws regulating the behavior of women in Saudi Arabia are absent. Many Kuwaiti women hold prestigious and high profile positions, particularly in academia. Inwardly, many of these same Kuwaiti women live their private lives much as they have for centuries, entirely available to their husbands while at home.
While in Kuwait, the author lived among Kuwaitis, ate traditional foods, mingled with Kuwaitis, studied Kuwaiti history, visited most of its museums, and spent a weekend with her husband at the Wafra Farms Oasis. She was even lucky enough to meet Kuwait’s most famous woman suffragist, Rola A. Al-Dashti, Ph.D., who later became a member of the country’s National Assembly.
The author, armed with a digital camera and a laptop, recorded everything she saw, heard, tasted, smelled, and touched. Keeping a detailed journal of her experiences led to a book full of photographs that catalogues various aspects of Kuwaiti life and history. At the back of the book are a glossary of Arabic words with a bibliography of the books and articles she read while in Kuwait.
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About the Author
Ms. Fox has written several books on a variety of topics, including the effects of human overpopulation on the environment, Asperger's, and travel to Kuwait and Hawai'i.
Her areas of interest include - but are not limited to - history, herstory, women's studies, biographies, dystopian and science fiction, human overpopulation, ecosystems collapse, law, international relations, the history of chemical weapons use in war, the economic meltdown of 2008, honeybee colony collapse disorder, Asperger's, and cats.
Table of Contents
- Finding Out We Were Going
- Kuwait’s Brief History – in Brief
- Getting There Was Half the Hassle – and Fun
- Apartments and Houses in Kuwait
- Shopping for Household Goods and Groceries
- Tea, Coffee, and Customs
- Genius Meals – Dining Out in Kuwait
- Laundry – A Comedy of Inconvenience
- Let’s All Go to the Mall – Souq Tours
- Ghosts, Jinni, and Superstitions
- Invisibility Cloaks and Abbeyas
- A Day Off From Men
- Additional Wives – The OTHER Women
- Crime, Victims, and the Kuwaiti Media
- Invasion Stories
- The Retched Blessings of ZamZam – Having a Pet Cat in Kuwait
- Holiday Weekend at the Wafra Farms Oasis
- The Museums and Crafts of Kuwait
- Kuwait’s Woman Suffrage Movement
- Home – Culture Shock All Over Again
Glossary of Arabic Words
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Highly recommend readers digest this fascinating story by Dr. David Haines' spouse. Stephanie C. Fox, J.D., chronicles her travels with Dr. David Haines, a UCONN Ph.D. / Immunologist, in this insightful cultural travelogue. Hope to see more collaborative writings in the future by this courageous team as they advocate for individual rights internationally and Veteran's in the United States.
If you think you might enjoy reading about the experiences of a once-in-a-lifetime visit to Kuwait, then this is the book for you. As an added bonus, the author has an extensive background in women's studies and is therefore quite sensitive to cultural differences which impact women's lives. The author visited Kuwait for six months in 2004 and 2005. The book is written as a travel journal and is well organized. The author's natural curiosity results in a refreshingly open description of Kuwaiti life. The reader feels as though the experience is both real and personal; you feel as though you are there. Finally, the book is not without some intrigue when it discusses interactions with Kuwaiti friends and acquaintances. And, there are even a few good Kuwaiti ghost stories!