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Girl of Riyadh given political asylum in UK

July 20, 2009

I am reading Girls of Riyadh at the moment and so this story in the Independent about a Saudi princess who has been given political asylum in the UK.

” A Saudi Arabian princess who had an illegitimate child with a British man has secretly been granted asylum in this country after she claimed she would face the death penalty if she were forced to return home. The young woman, who has been granted anonymity by the courts, won her claim for refugee status after telling a judge that her adulterous affair made her liable to death by stoning.  ……… The woman, who comes from a very wealthy Saudi family, says she met her English boyfriend – who is not a Muslim – during a visit to London. They struck up a relationship

She became pregnant the following year and worried that her elderly husband – a member of the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia – had become suspicious of her behaviour, she persuaded him to let her visit the UK again to give birth in secret. She feared for her life if she returned to Saudi Arabia.

She persuaded the court that if she returned to the Gulf state she and her child would be subject to capital punishment under Sharia law – specifically flogging and stoning to death. She was also worried about the possibility of an honour killing. Since she fled Saudi Arabia, her family and her husband’s family have broken off contact with her.”

This will not make the headlines……………wonder why?

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Girls of Riyadh

July 17, 2009

 

I’m a bit of a late developper. I’ll probably watch Harry Potter 6 in 2012 and i still haven’t watched any Sex in the City or Grey’s Anatomy. I had heard of this book ‘Girls of Riyadh’ a while back, but, strangely enough ( not ) didn’t really see it bursting off the bookshelves here. We went to Al Jarir Bookshop last week and there it was, in all it’s lipstick rouge red glory, one last copy flying off the shelf at me.

I am quite enjoying it so far, and am shocked to the core at Waleed’s total trashing of Sadeem, never mind Gamrah’s terrible experience with the ‘fiilipina tramp’ Kari her new husband has been seeing for seven years. True, as someone says, the novel is ‘no literary genius’ but it is interesting ,by reading it, to confirm that what goes on in Saudi is the same as Kuwait……

Rajaa Alsanea- the author

Rajaa Alsanea- the author

 

Such was the success of Girls of Riyadh, that it is now being made into a film, and the author nominated for the 2009 Dublin Literary Award.