I just finished reading this interesting book written by Jean Sasson, author of the famous Princess Sultana book series.
It’s now more than 25 years since Jean Sasson began this remarkable series of books. As this compelling journey continues, I finally got my hands on one of the books from this engaging series, Princess: Stepping out of the shadows. I have not yet read the other five books in the series. But I don’t think it’s an issue because this book stands alone on its own merit with enough new stories and observations for a reader new to the princess series.
Princess Sultana makes several, seemingly casual observations throughout the book. In Stepping Out of the Shadows, Jean Sasson and the Princess focus on how Saudi women still suffer horrific abuse and how women are controlled by men despite recent reforms, such as women being afforded the right to drive unaccompanied.
Some of the stories were of abused women and children which were very difficult and distressing to read. Stories such as how Saudi women still suffer horrific physical and psychological abuse by their husbands and fathers who are supposed to be their guardians who must treat them well. With the guardianship laws still very much in evidence, women are controlled and are often treated like chattels by men.
What caught my interest the most is, whilst the Princess acknowledges and welcomes the reforms that are on the horizon, through stories of joy and sorrow I notice how determined she is to continue to fight for equal rights for women in this, her beloved kingdom.
After giving a read through this book, I feel that to a point, I’ve got a glimpse of life for women in Saudi Arabia.