Daring to Drive: A gripping account of one woman's home-grown courage that will speak to the fighter in all of us

Paperback / softback

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Title Daring to Drive: A gripping account of one woman's home-grown courage that will speak to the fighter in all of us
Authors and Contributors      By (author)   Manal Al-Sharif
Physical Properties
Format:Paperback / softback
Pages:304
Dimensions(mm): Height 234,Width 153
CategoriesIslamic life and practice
ISBN 9781471164408
ClassificationsDewey:953.8053092
Audience
General
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Publishing Details

Publisher Simon & Schuster Ltd
Imprint Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publication Date 13 June 2017
NZ Release Date 13 June 2017
Publication Country United Kingdom

Description

'Future generations will marvel at Manal al-Sharif, whose voice is laden with quiet dignity even at its most urgent. Her gripping account of homegrown courage will speak to the fighter in all of us. Books like this one can change the world' Deborah Feldman, New York Times bestselling author of Unorthodox 'Manal al-Sharif is following in a long tradition of women activists around the world who have put themselves on the line to expose and challenge discriminatory laws and policies' Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International News Manal al-Sharif was born in Mecca in 1979, the year fundamentalism took hold in the Saudi kingdom. In her adolescence, she was a religious radical, burning her brother's CDs in the oven because music was haram: forbidden by Islamic law. By her twenties, she had become a computer engineer, working in a desert compound that resembled suburban America. That's when the Saudi kingdom's contradictions became too much to bear: she was labelled a slut for chatting with male colleagues, she was forbidden to go on business trips unless chaperoned by her teenage brother and while she kept a car in the garage, she was forbidden from driving down city streets behind the wheel. So she took to the streets in a one-woman protest that gave birth to a movement, Women2Drive. When she openly defied the ban on women driving, she was imprisoned for nine days. A YouTube video featuring Manal brought her international exposure. Daring to Drive offers a rare glimpse, from the inside, of women's lives in modern Saudi Arabia. It is a remarkable exploration of resilience and a celebration of female solidarity.

Reviews

'A captivating read. Manal al-Sharif refuses to hide her scars, unveiling what she endured and sacrificed to become a professional who has fearlessly pushed the boundaries of tradition.' -- Elena Gorokhova, author of Russian Tattoo 'Manal is no Chanel-draped, chauffeur-driven Saudi princess. Her account of why a single working mother's life compelled her to confront the kingdom's fiercely patriarchal ways is touching and revealing in equal measure. This is such an astonishing, humble, truthful book, more illuminating than a hundred newspaper stories on Saudi Arabia.' -- Azadeh Moaveni, author of Lipstick Jihad 'Future generations will marvel at Manal al-Sharif, whose voice is laden with quiet dignity even at its most urgent. Her gripping account of homegrown courage will speak to the fighter in all of us. Books like this one can change the world.' -- Deborah Feldman, New York Times bestselling author of Unorthodox