Description: For two years, Qanta Ahmed worked in one of the world's most modern hospitals in Saudi Arabia. In 'A Stranger in the Kingdom', she recalls her experiences of being a woman in a fundamentalist Islamic state.
Opening: SEEKING RESPITE FROM THE INTENSITY of medicine, I trained my eye on the world without. Already, the midmorning heat rippled with fury, as sprinklers scattered wet jewels onto sunburned grass. Fluttering petals waved in the Shamaal wind, strongest this time of day
Some aspects were fascinating.