Book cover for Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening by Manal al-Sharifby Manal  al-Sharif

“A vital, inspiring book” (O, The Oprah Magazine)—a ferociously intimate memoir by a devout woman from a modest family in Saudi Arabia who became the unexpected leader of the courageous movement that won Saudi women the right to drive.

Manal al-Sharif grew up in Mecca the second daughter of a taxi driver, born the year strict fundamentalism took hold. In her adolescence, she was a religious radical, melting her brother’s boy band cassettes in the oven because music was haram: forbidden by Islamic law. But what a difference an education can make. By her twenties Manal was a computer security engineer, one of few women working in a desert compound built to resemble suburban America. That’s when the Saudi kingdom’s contradictions became too much to bear: she was labeled a slut for chatting with male colleagues, her school-age brother chaperoned her on a business trip, and while she kept a car in the garage, she was forbidden from driving on Saudi streets.

Interview with the Author

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Manal Al-Sharif
7/16/17          60 min

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Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Accidental Activism
6/21/17          63 min

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Manal al-Sharif Drove Saudi Arabia Towards Change
9/26/17         40 min

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