Perhaps surprisingly, Qanta Ahmed’s religious and familial background does not adequately prepare her for a two-year stint as a doctor in Saudi Arabia. Thus, Ahmed’s memoir is less a fish-out-of-water story, and more like a fish-in-unfamiliar-water tale. Soniah Kamal reviews Ahmed’s mystified encounters of classicism, colorism, and sexism in The Kingdom.
Soniah Kamal was born in Pakistan and raised in England and Saudi Arabia. She earned a B.A. in Philosophy with Honors from St. John's College Annapolis, MD. Soniah's undergraduate thesis, an analysis of the individual against society as seen in love and arranged marriages, was the recipient of the Susan B. Irene Award. Her essays, short stories, and book reviews have been published in the U.S., UK, Canada, Pakistan, and India. Soniah is currently serving as Co-VP of Programs for The Atlanta Writers Club, a 100 year-old organization with seven hundred plus members. She resides in Johns Creek , Georgia. For more check out
www.soniahkamal.com and www.soniah-kamal.blogspot.com.