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

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Read Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening Online Free - A ferociously intimate memoir by a devout woman from a modest family in Saudi Arabia who became the unexpected leader of a courageous movement to support women’s right to drive.

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...

Angela M rated it ★★★★★

September 26, 2017

News update 9/26/17 : Saudi Women Are Now Allowed to Drive! https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/w... ********************************** I am not inclined to read memoirs as a rule, unless it is one by a remarkable individual whose story is impactful, whose journey is more than just trying to find on...

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...

Carolyn rated it ★★★★★

November 09, 2017

In 2011, Manal al-Sharif was imprisoned for nine days for "driving while female" after a video of her driving went viral on Youtube. While not against any statutory laws she was defying the strict religious customs that prevent women from having any independence. In this wonderful account of her...

Thomas rated it ★★★★☆

September 26, 2017

4.5 stars This book is an inspiring story of a Saudi Arabian woman who rebels against her government's rule against women driving cars . Even though this is this is the 21st century, women are still forbidden to drive cars in Saudi Arabia by custom, not by law. Manal is arrested and imprisoned for...

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...

Bianca rated it ★★★★☆

October 05, 2017

The recent announcement that Saudi women are finally! allowed to drive prompted me to read this memoir sooner rather than later. Manal Al- Sharif has become (in)famous for getting arrested for driving while female. For most of us around the world, this is beyond ridiculous. Well, show me a relig...

Joud rated it ★★★★★

November 11, 2017

There are no words to describe this book, it is simply put mind-blowing. Manal details her life from the moment she was born. She describes her poor upbringing and her struggle to break free from the restrictions that Saudi society enforce on women who dare to take control of their own lives. She...

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