Brownies and Kalashnikovs: A Saudi Woman's Memoir of American Arabia and Wartime Beirut

TitleBrownies and Kalashnikovs: A Saudi Woman's Memoir of American Arabia and Wartime Beirut
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsBasrawi, Fadia
Number of Pages304
PublisherSouth Street Press
CityReading, U.K.
Abstract

The author, a Saudi Arab, grew up in the strictly circumscribed and tailor-made ‘desert Disneyland’ of Aramco (the Arabian American Oil Company). This slice of modern, suburban, middle America was located in Dhahran, Aramco’s administrative headquarters in Saudi Arabia, a theocratic Muslim kingdom. Eventually, the author moved to Beirut, the glitzy ‘Paris of the Middle East,’ to attend high school. In Beirut, she fell in love with a passionate and idealistic Lebanese journalist with whom she eloped against her parents’ wishes, subsequently getting caught up in Lebanon’s fifteen-year civil war while raising a family of five children. Providing a fascinating account of a Saudi woman’s painful journey from naïve Aramcon girl to life as a resident of a war-torn capital city, this book provides new insight into two very different Middle Eastern worlds about which so little is known by those living outside the region.

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