Conversation with Sabeeha Rehman, Author of It's Not What You Think: An American Woman in Saudi Arabia
Join the conversation with Sabeeha Rehman, author of It's Not What You Think. An American Woman in Saudi Arabia. Through Sabeeha’s eyes, we see how Saudi and Western expat cultures coexist within the boundaries of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” how traditions define the identity of the Saudi nation, and how to discern what is "culturally appropriate" versus what is required legally.
It’s Not What You Think is a wry, incisive account of working in Saudi Arabia that offers insight into that insular patriarchal society, what is so attractive to expatriates living there, and what was contradictory or confining about it for a naturalized American who is a woman and a Muslim. A hospital executive in New Jersey, Sabeeha relocated with her oncologist husband to Riyadh, the most conservative city in the country, intending to remain for two years. They ended up staying for six. Her book takes the reader on a journey of discovery that mirrors her own. As she dons pilgrim’s garb, we join her on the hajj, to discover the intensity and spiritual high of the devout.
This event is hosted by the International Cultural Club and Muslim Student Association to educate students about various cultural outlooks, religious customs, and traditions.