What do we know of Saudi women besides the fact that women cannot drive and are dependent on a driver or male relative to get around; must wear the niqab when out of the home; have access to women-only spaces at schools, universities, workplaces, and malls; have formed no women's rights organizations; cannot study, work, or travel without the permission of a male guardian; and have no political representation? That does cover a lot of ground, but there is more. Among the many things I learned from this interesting and well-written book is that there is a very high rate of divorce in the early months or years of marriage, mainly due to the fact that couples hardly know each other before getting married, but also because men can forbid their wives from continuing to work and can take second or third wives without the first one's consent. Young women...

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