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Fadia, author of ‘Brownies and Kalashnikovs’ is a Saudi Arab who grew up in the strictly circumscribed and tailor-made ‘desert Disneyland’ of Aramco (the Arabian American Oil Company). This slice of modern, suburban, middle America was located in Dhahran, Aramco’s administrative headquarters in Saudi Arabia, a theocratic Muslim kingdom run according to strict Wahabbi Shari’a law.Eventually, after only brief holidays abroad visiting relatives in colorful Arab cities like Medina, Damascus and Alexandria, Fadia moved to Beirut, the glitzy ‘Paris of the Middle East’, to attend high school. In Beirut she fell in love with a passionate and idealistic Lebanese journalist with whom she eloped against her parents’ wishes, subsequently getting caught up in Lebanon’s fifteen-year civil war while raising a family of five children.

https://www.amazon.com/Brownies-Kalashnikovs-Womans-American-Wartime/dp/1902932250

 

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