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By Basrawi Fadia

Fadia, a Saudi Arab, grew up within the strictly circumscribed and tailored ‘desert Disneyland’ of Aramco (the Arabian American Oil Company). This slice of contemporary, suburban, heart the US was once situated in Dhahran, Aramco’s administrative headquarters in Saudi Arabia, a theocratic Muslim country run in accordance with strict Wahabbi Shari’a law.Eventually, after in simple terms short vacations overseas vacationing kin in colourful Arab towns like Medina, Damascus and Alexandria, Fadia moved to Beirut, the glitzy ‘Paris of the center East’, to wait highschool. In Beirut she fell in love with a passionate and idealistic Lebanese journalist with whom she eloped opposed to her mom and dad’ needs, accordingly getting stuck up in Lebanon’s fifteen-year civil conflict whereas elevating a kinfolk of 5 children.Providing a desirable account of a Saudi woman’s painful trip from na?ve Aramcon woman to existence as a resident of a war-torn capital urban, this e-book presents new perception into very diverse center jap worlds approximately which so little is understood via these dwelling outdoors the quarter.

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I looked around Cindy’s beautiful bedroom. Her parents obviously doted on her. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad after all; I would be doted on too and I would go to America, a magical place in my imagination, a dreamy land where it was all fun and play according to my friends.

The Alawites overran the established Damascene society with a vengeance. Damascus was flooded with Alawite peasants clamoring for work through their Alawite connections in the government. Nine years later in 1970, the Alawites were officially recognized as legitimate Muslims through Presidential decree after one of the Alawite officers who had toppled the Sunni leadership in 1961, Hafez Asad, seized power in another bloodless coup. He would reign over Syria for thirty years and successfully steer Syrian politics away from the Sunni-dominated Pan-Arab leadership.

There were major upheavals such as Baathist coups in Iraq and Syria which brought about a serious halt to democratic development to date within two powerful Arab countries and just next door, a proxy war had broken out between Egypt and Saudi Arabia in Yemen’s civil war as American foreign policy weighed in heavily behind the Al Sa’uds as the replacement for Egypt’s socialist-minded President Gamal Abdel Nasser for leadership of the Arab world. I didn’t even register the power struggle that was paralyzing Saudi Arabia for kingship between Sa’ud and Faysal right on the homefront.

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