Author to share her experience as a woman in Saudi Arabia
The Citadel Department of English will host author and Medical University of South Carolina physician Qanta A. Ahmed, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4 in the Graham Copeland Auditorium inside Grimsley Hall.
Ahmed provides a telling picture of what daily life is truly like in the Saudi Kingdom. She describes:
- Saudi reactions to the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
- How men and women find marriage partners in a society that allows no dating and physical contact, and where they flee to have affairs.
- How Saudi women who are supported by advanced thinking parents and who must wear abbayas with their bodies fully encased are able to defy the Saudi's oppressive rules and mores to become physicians.
- How she worked side-by-side with Wahabi scholars and physicians who seemed to shun her even in clinical contact.
- Why the religious police are so threatening and dangerous
- How a father grieves.
- Her encounters with sexism, racism, anti-Semitism, sycophancy.
The lecture is free and open to the public.