• Title: Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening
  • Author: Manal Al-Sharif
  • ISBN: 9781476793023
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Daring to Drive A Saudi Woman s Awakening 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
    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 cassettA 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.

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    1. 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 her house, interrogated her for hours, and then threw her in jail, with feces underfoot and cockroaches in her bed. She wasn’t in jail a long time, but her story was all the more sad because she ha [...]

    2. News update 9/26/17 : Saudi Women Are Now Allowed to Drive!usatoday/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 oneself, whose story has something in it that I, not just as a woman, but as a human being should know. This is one such memoir of a truly remarkable woman who is smart and courageous and fights the fight not just for hersel [...]

    3. 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 power than the law. The author takes us through her childhood, living in Mecca, her parents, a sister she was often at odds with and her beloved brother. Where a woman is allowed to do so little on her own [...]

    4. "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 tradition. Manal quickly learned how very little the legality of it all mattered to the Saudi secret police. She was arrested and thrown into a women's prison with appalling conditions. Like many of her fellow f [...]

    5. 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 to give women the right to drive in Saudi Arabia. Manal's writing is straightforward and powerful. She recounts her childhood, her university years, her first marriage and her work as the only woman in [...]

    6. 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 life Manal describes her upbringing in the holy city of Mecca and the religious teaching at school that taught hate of anything different and resulted in her adopting extremist radical views during her t [...]

    7. 4.5 starsThis 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 daring to drive a car and post a recording of herself doing so online. But this book is also a story of her life growing up in Saudi Arabia. She was born in 1979 and she describes the extreme conservati [...]

    8. 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 encouragement, hope, made me angry, happy, and many emotions in between. There are a lot of stories about many women in Saudi Arabia, from their early life on. I am a nurse and I had a friend that was a nu [...]

    9. 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 religion that doesn't discriminate, oppress women in some ways. Then add to that a tribal society, with extreme, fanatical religious beliefs and customs and you've got Saudi Arabia.Besides Al-Sharif's troubles [...]

    10. Manal al-Sharif was a self-described religious radical during her adolescence. Then, as she received a college education and embarked on a ten-year career at Aramco, the Saudi oil company, her perspective began to shift. When she was harassed for chatting with a male colleague at work and forced to have her brother accompany her on a foreign business trip to act as her chaperone, something snapped. Manal realized that the cultural rules binding Saudi women were suffocating her. She became active [...]

    11. 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 talks about the doctrines that she absorbed from her environment when she was a young girl that made her believe she was unable to make her own decisions. Most conservative religious societies have rule [...]

    12. 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 violation in Saudi Arabia, women driving goes against Saudi tradition and is subject to the religious police interfering. al-Sharif was imprisoned in a jail with terrible conditions while the outside news [...]

    13. 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 Arabia), but still to be lovely, positive, & generous - a true hero. An inspiration for us all.I know the Western world still has a long way to go in terms of the way women still get treated at the h [...]

    14. This autobiography is exactly what the subtitle says it is: A Saudi Woman's Awakening. Although she sounded a bit like a little rebel when young, she had some life experiences that clearly etched out a new path for her that led her to being an activist. She dared to go against tradition, both religious traditions and family ones and had to endure the fallout. This was a sad story at times, but I enjoyed her survival spirit and her commitment to following her heart.

    15. The writer, a female, was arrested and jailed for daring to drive publicly in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The offense listed on her charge sheet: "Driving while female". If you think that's a joke, it's not. The book covers her formative years right up to "the drive" and its aftermath.I like that the book gave a very detailed account of the prejudices and difficulties she faced growing up in a religiously conservative family and society. It provided the necessary backdrop to understand wh [...]

    16. This is a very interesting and a well told storyAt the beginning, I hesitated to read this book, but once I started, I couldn't stop. I remember the Women2Drive campaign and the big attention it created at the time. I also remember reading things here and there about Manal Al-Sharif but other than the stuff I read, I did not know anything about her. I must say, I was shocked with the honesty and the complete openness in her story describing things considered very private matters and rarely share [...]

    17. 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 swearThis book is FUCKING amazing! If you are a woman, READ THIS BOOK! If you believe in women's rights need to be demanded in a country that treats women as though they are nothing more than livestockREAD THIS BOOK. It is easy to scr [...]

    18. Unfortunately, I cannot say that the book surprised me, and not because what happened was despicable, just because I knew that this is how women are treated in some radical countries. Manal did a terrible crime, she *drove*, while being a female. "I had been pulled over by the traffic police for the “crime” of driving my brother’s car. The specific citation was “driving while female.”She was arrested against the "laws,", most lawyers didn't want to speak with her, she couldn't even tal [...]

    19. Manali Al-Sharif grew up in Saudi Arabia and became radicalized to the ideals that took hold in her religion/country in her adolescence. But her education opened her eyes to the unfairness of her country's beliefs, particularly when it came to women's rights. She vowed to drive a car before her 30th birthday, and was thrown in jail for it. This is her story about her awakening and it is filled with some poignant thoughts on the future of her home country. Spectacular read.

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

    21. Manal al-Sharif did not plan to be a rebellious leader of a social or political movement, or to be civilly disobedient, and certainly not to bring any type of public notice to herself, but that is just what happened. She said the cause chose her. Raised in a traditional Muslim home in Saudi Arabia, she tried to be an obedient daughter and student, but inwardly questioned rules and regulations that seemed unfair and irrational. As a smart young woman, she attended King Abdulaziz University, earni [...]

    22. Manal Al-Sharif was put in a women's prison for daring to drive in Saudi Arabia, violating the cultural code but not any legal codes. She tells the story of that ordeal here, but she also relates her tough childhood and young adulthood in a country absolutely stifling to women. Even as a college graduate and an employee of a respected company, Al-Sharif could not rent her own apartment. This is an eye-opening and fascinating look into Saudi culture.

    23. 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 as something almost less than human.Manal al-Sharif's writing is both clear and compelling, so this is book was a joy to read even though it dealt with some pretty weight subjects like FGM and other forms o [...]

    24. Well written and incredibly interesting. First hand account of growing up as a female in modern day Saudia Arabia. Manal al-Sharif details her strict religious upbringing (and period of extremism), schooling, male dominated culture, marriages, and struggle to change some of the inequalities against women (specifically, the ban against women driving). I was surprised to see that, not only were women forbidden from driving STILL, but they also needed a male guardian's permission to do anything. It [...]

    25. I read this book over a span of time that also included the Women's March and it was both humbling and inspiring to read about the lengths some women (including Manal al-Sharif) are willing to go to advance women's rights. Talk about a role model for how advocacy should work. It really hit me in the gut! But beyond that, my biggest takeaway from this memoir was how much (SO MUCH!) I learned about the Saudi Arabian culture and the "why's" behind so many of the practices and traditions. I closed t [...]

    26. I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.This is a well written story that should scare everyone that women are still treated this way.Please read to have your eyes opened to a totally different world.

    27. This was a fascinating look into Saudi society, especially since it's a culture with which I am mostly unfamiliar. I know a little about Afghani and Persian societies, but this was my first look into Saudi Arabia. For all of my previous knowledge of these countries, they were virtually interchangeable in my mind, but hearing al-Sharif's descriptions helped to further differentiate these truly very diverse regions.I listened to the audio and I think I would have enjoyed it more with a different n [...]

    28. An eloquent telling of Manal Al-Sharif’s transformation from a self-described religious radical to unintentional leader of a movement in Saudi Arabia supporting a woman’s right to drive. Raised in Mecca Al-Sharif was an ardent Muslim throughout her teen years. Her views began to change after she graduated college and began working for Aramco, a Saudi oil company. Living on the Aramco compound, a multi-cultural community, the traditional roles of men and women were less restrictive. Manal was [...]

    29. This book gives us a rare view into the world of girls and women in an authoritarian society. Manal Al-Sharif considered her childhood normal but I found it shocking. She and her siblings were subjected to such frequent beatings from their parents that they emulated them and beat each other. She and her sister were virtually under house arrest and entertained each other through the cruelty of destroying each other's few belongings. School, the media and the family all encouraged extremely fanati [...]

    30. This is a great and important book. It was very insightful about what it's like to live as a woman in Saudi Arabia, particularly if you're working class. I also think it does a good job of offering insight into the politics that led to the conservative religious ideologies in Saudi Arabia. It also paints a really vivid picture of many of the struggles that Saudi women, like Manal, are still grappling with. Even though I lived in SA when I was a child, it's astonishing to me how different life in [...]

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