Rana Ahmad, Sarah Borufka: Women Aren’t Allowed to Dream Here . btb Verlag (Paperback, Memoirs)

Women Aren’t Allowed to Dream Here

My escape from Saudi Arabia, my path to freedom

Original Title: Frauen dürfen hier nicht träumen

original edition

Paperback, with flaps, 320 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-442-75748-0
€ 16.00 [D] | € 16.50 [A] | CHF 22.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: btb

Date of publication: January 15, 2018
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Rana  Ahmad, Sarah  Borufka - Women Aren’t Allowed to Dream Here


A young women’s rebellion against a religious system

Shimmering heat, skyscrapers glittering in the sun: Saudi Arabia is one of the wealthiest countries in the world – and it is ruled by sharia and religious police.

Rana is ten years old when she first has to don a niqab. She is no longer allowed to feel the sun on her skin, no longer allowed to go out onto the street without a male escort. She is sexually abused by her uncles, almost beaten to death by her brother in front of their mother. As a woman, in the home of her birth she is mere property, without the right of self-determination. Rana feels she is suffocating, is plagued by doubts – about God, and for this the punishment is death. So Rana decides to flee.

"Saudi Arabia is a disgrace to humanity, a hell-hole especially for women. Rana Ahmad is one of a handful of courageous women who have, at great peril, defied the disgusting Saudi regime and escaped. Her moving story is a brave and important rallying cry for the defense of human rights in the face of theocratic oppression." Richard Dawkins

"In her courageous fight for human rights and women’s rights, Rana Ahmad is an important voice in today’s world. May her fight for women to lead self-determined lives, especially in Muslim countries, inspire many followers." Ensaf Haidar, Human Rights Activist and wife of Raif Badawi

"Her moving story is a courageous battle cry, an appeal to preserve and defend human rights."

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