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The Black Book of Arabia

The Black Book of Arabia
The Black Book of Arabia

by: Sheikha Hend Al Qassemi,
Format: Paperback
Published: 13 August 2013

A modern day Scheherazade, Sheikha Hend Al Qassimi uncovers tales of love, betrayal, and heroism from around the Arabian Gulf. These stories offer a surprisingly frank look at the private lives of a range of men and women - everyone from princesses to paupers and from sheiks to farmers.

A princess’s best friend tries to steal her wedding, right down to her nuptial shoes. A bride mysteriously goes blind on her wedding day. A girl is kidnapped by her abusive mother from her home in LA and held hostage in the Egyptian desert. A man tiring of his marriage decides to take a second wife – but receives a nasty shock when he underestimates her. A woman’s romantic Parisian honeymoon proves too good to be true… and a jealous wife creates an alluring online persona, trapping her husband into falling in love with another woman.

Strikingly candid, these stories are by turns moving, shocking, and funny. A medley of both unbelievable and relatable vignettes from real lives in the Arabian Gulf, the stories will entertain readers around the world. 

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