LIFE IN THE ARAB WORLD THE BLACK BOOK OF ARA­BIA

Qatar Today - - DOHA DIARY - By Keer­tana Ko­duru

QatarToday gets up close with the au­thor, the cre­ative and fear­less

Sheikha Hend Faisal Al Qassemi, and re­views her new book.

sto­ries of Arab women and how they lead their daily lives, strad­dling moder­nity and staunch religious be­liefs. Twelve short sto­ries that de­scribe Arab women in their home­land and send a mes­sage – Who said Arab women are weak? Shut­tling be­tween Shar­jah and Doha, Sheikha Al Qassemi brings to life sto­ries of vile truth, su­per­sti­tions and tra­di­tions fol­lowed in this part of the world.

The book starts with a story of a woman in post­par­tum de­pres­sion with an aim to re­fresh her­self. With an over­whelm­ing re­sponse to her body los­ing its shape and vi­brance through the jour­ney of moth­er­hood, she con­cocts a po­tion of doubt and plots against her hus­band, later fall­ing vic­tim to her own tale of be­trayal.

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