Rajaa al-Sanea

Saudi writer

1981   -  

country of citizenship: Saudi Arabia
language of expression: Arabic
educated at: University of Illinois at Chicago, King Saud University
occupation: writer, physician

Rajaa al-Sanea (رجاء بنت عبد الله الصانع; born 1981) is a Saudi writer who became famous through her novel Girls of Riyadh (بنات الرياض‎ Banāt al-Riyāḍ). The book was first published in Lebanon in 2005 and in English in 2007. The book was long-listed for the Dublin Literary Award in 2009. Al-Sanea grew up in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the daughter of a family of doctors. She received her bachelor's degree in Dentistry from King Saud University in 2005. Her novel and lifestyle have caused controversy especially among the conservative sections of the Saudi society but more liberal-minded individuals considered her a role model.
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Girls of Riyadh

book by Rajaa al-Sanea

author: Rajaa al-Sanea


Girls of Riyadh

author: Rajaa al-Sanea

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