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Veiled Atrocities: True Stories of Oppression in Saudi Arabia

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  • Veiled Atrocities: True Stories of Oppression in Saudi Arabia 
    Title: Veiled Atrocities: True Stories of Oppression in Saudi Arabia
    Author: ALRABAA SAMI
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 15/03/2010
    Imprint: PROMETHEUS
    Price: $34.95
    Publishing status: NOT YET PUBLISHED

    A deaf-mute woman waiting for her brother to pick her up in front of a shop window is arrested by two members of the Saudi “morality police” (muttawas) 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 author Sami Alrabaa vividly recounts in this shocking exposé, 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. Alrabaa 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 given here 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.

    ISBN: 9781616141592
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