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☆ Read º Crossing the Kingdom by Loring M Danforth Þ In 2012, Danforth, an anthropologist at Bates College, took a study abroad group to Saudi Arabia This is the collection and recollection of his interviews with people willing to talk to him While there is some interesting stuff here, like the view of the Aramco compound and its sheltered 1950s suburban feel, the basic problem is that he was in Saudi Arabia for a month just long enough to become fascinated, but far too short to develop a feel for the real lives of the people he s writing about. There were quite a few interesting stories that Danforth got into but the conclusion really didn t land with the kind of punch that I was hoping for I think if you re looking for an interesting primer on modern Saudi Arabia, you could do worse This is a solid casual read.
Loring M Danforth BK, Amherst College, 1971AuthorFrom the publisher For many people, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia evokes images of deserts, camels, and oil, along with rich sheikh in white robes, oppressed women in black veils, and terrorists But when Loring Danforth traveled through the country in 2012, he found a world much complex and inspiring than he could have ever imagined. With vivid descriptions and moving personal narratives, Danforth takes us across the Kingdom, from the headquarters of Saudi Aramco, the country s national oil company on the Persian Gulf, to the centuries old city of Jeddah on the Red Sea coast with its population of undocumented immigrants from all over the Muslim world He presents detailed portraits of a young woman jailed for protesting the ban on women driving, a Sufi scholar encouraging Muslims and Christians to struggle For Many People, The Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia Evokes Images Of Deserts, Camels, And Oil, Along With Rich Sheikh In White Robes, Oppressed Women In Black Veils, And Terrorists But When Loring Danforth Traveled Through The Country In , He Found A World Much Complex And Inspiring Than He Could Have Ever Imagined With Vivid Descriptions And Moving Personal Narratives, Danforth Takes Us Across The Kingdom, From The Headquarters Of Saudi Aramco, The Country S National Oil Company On The Persian Gulf, To The Centuries Old City Of Jeddah On The Red Sea Coast With Its Population Of Undocumented Immigrants From All Over The Muslim World He Presents Detailed Portraits Of A Young Woman Jailed For Protesting The Ban On Women Driving, A Sufi Scholar Encouraging Muslims And Christians To Struggle Together With Love To Know God, And An Artist Citing The Quran And Using Metal Gears And Chains To Celebrate The Diversity Of The Pilgrims Who Come To Mecca Crossing the Kingdom Paints A Lucid Portrait Of Contemporary Saudi Culture And The Lives Of Individuals, Who Like Us All Grapple With Modernity At The Dawn Of The Twenty First Century