Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening by Manal al-Sharif

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Manal al-Sharif grew up in Mecca the second daughter of a taxi driver, born the year fundamentalism took hold. In her adolescence, she was a religious radical, melting her brother’s boy band cassettes in the oven because music was haram: forbidden by Islamic law. But what a difference an education can make. By her twenties she was a computer security engineer, one of few women working in a desert compound that resembled suburban America. That’s when the Saudi kingdom’s contradictions became too much to bear: she was labeled a slut for chatting with male colleagues, her teenage brother chaperoned her on a business trip, and while she kept a car in her garage, she was forbidden from driving down city streets behind the wheel.

Daring to Drive is the fiercely intimate memoir of an accidental activist, a powerfully vivid story of a young Muslim woman who stood up to a kingdom of men—and won. Writing on the cusp of history, Manal offers a rare glimpse into the lives of women in Saudi Arabia today. Her memoir is a remarkable celebration of resilience in the face of tyranny, the extraordinary power of education and female solidarity, and the difficulties, absurdities, and joys of making your voice heard.

Title : Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening
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ISBN : 1476793026
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Debbie rated it ★★★★★

July 12, 2017

Imagine not being allowed to drive . . . This is a gripping true story told by Manal, a woman in Saudi Arabia who got arrested by the “religious police” for driving while female. There is no law that forbids women from driving, but the religious police are powerful. One evening they took her from...

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

June 03, 2017

A comprehensive and honest rendering of a woman's life in Saudi Arabia. For any curious about if what you hear and see on the television is true, this book will astonish, fill in many blanks about living in a country ruled by Sharia law. A country where the religious police are given even more po...

abby rated it ★★★★★

June 05, 2017

"The rain begins with a single drop." When Manal al-Sharif got behind the wheel of the car she'd spent years making payments on and rode onto the city streets of Saudi Arabia, she was sure she had the law behind her. After all, a woman driving a car is not illegal so much as it is against traditio...

Esil rated it ★★★★★

June 17, 2017

I can't begin to imagine what it feels like to live in a society in which there are so many restrictions on women's rights and freedoms. Daring to Drive is Manal al-Sharif's memoir of her life in Saudi Arabia. Her claim to fame is that she was arrested for driving, and that she has led a campaign...

Montzalee rated it ★★★★★

August 19, 2017

Daring to Drive: A gripping account of one woman's home-grown courage that will speak to the fighter in all of us by Manal Al-Sharif is a book I requested from NetGalley and the book publishers and the review is voluntary. This book had my emotions everywhere. It is sad, heartbreaking, full of en...

Care rated it ★★★★★

April 22, 2017

Daring to Drive is a blunt, honest, and captivating memoir that describes Manal al-Sharif's story. al-Sharif tells of her childhood growing up in Mecca where she was educated according to strict religious doctrines and her journey to being imprisoned for driving while female. While not a legal vi...

Kat rated it ★★★★★

July 16, 2017

I had the enormous privilege to meet Manal a couple of weeks ago, at the bookstore I manage. Thank goodness the world has strong, determined women like Manal! To be so young & to have gone through so much, standing up for a horrendous patriarchal world (as a whole, & in particular, Saudi...

Naomi rated it ★★★★★

July 02, 2017

My first 10/5 Star Review for 2017. To call this book AMAZING really understates the impact of the book. This author doesn't hold back in her words and experiences. Absolutely powerful. So, I am going to do something that I really never do in a review. I am going to swear...This book is FUCKING am...

Rebecca rated it ★★★★★

June 21, 2017

Wow, just wow. I am an editor at The News Wheel , an automotive news site, and I was able to get a copy of Daring to Drive from the publisher to review. This book is about so much more than just the right to drive, but also what it means to move throughout your city or society while being seen a...

holly rated it ★★★☆☆

June 28, 2017

I constantly needed to remind myself that this non fiction account is happening TODAY. In modern society. The story is horrifying.

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