About the author:
Qanta A. Ahmed, MD (Charleston, SC) is currently an assistant professor of medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and assistant director of the MUSC Sleep Disorders Laboratory. She is quadruple boarded in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, critical care medicine, and sleep disorders medicine. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina.
In the Land of Invisible Women by Qanta Ahmed
The decisions that change your life are often the most impulsive ones.
Unexpectedly denied a visa to remain in the United States, Qanta Ahmed, a young British Muslim doctor, becomes an outcast in motion. On a whim, she accepts an exciting position in Saudi Arabia. This is not just a new job; this is a chance at adventure in an exotic land she thinks she understands, a place she hopes she will belong.
What she discovers is vastly different. The Kingdom is a world apart, a land of unparalleled contrast. She finds rejection and scorn in the places she believed would most embrace her, but also humor, honesty, loyalty and love.
And for Qanta, more than anything, it is a land of opportunity. A place where she discovers what it takes for one woman to recreate herself in the land of invisible women.
“In this stunningly written book, a Western-trained Muslim doctor brings alive what it means for a woman to live in the Saudi Kingdom. I’ve rarely experienced so vividly the shunning and shaming, racism and anti-Semitism, but the surprise is how Dr. Ahmed also finds tenderness at the tattered edges of extremism and a life-changing pilgrimage back to her Muslim faith.”