Princess Sultana's Daughters
PRINCESS SULTANA’S DAUGHTERS
A Saudi Arabian woman’s intimate
revelations about sex, love, marriage
— and the fate of her beautiful daughters—
behind the veil
Jean Sasson at Smashwords
Copyright (c) 2011 by Jean Sasson
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Princess Sultana’s Daughters
was previously published by Doubleday, 1994,
and by Dell, 1995.
The Doubleday hardcover edition contains the
following Library of
Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data:
Sasson, Jean P.
Princess Sultana’s daughters / Jean Sasson —
Sequel to: Princess
1. Women—Saudi Arabia—Social conditions. 2.
Saudi Arabia—Biography I. Title.
Cover Design by Lightbourne
Author Photograph by Peter M.M. Sasson
Front Cover Model’s Photograph by Marco Baldi
for Studio Babaldi
Also by Jean Sasson
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The Rape of Kuwait
Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in
Princess Sultana’s Circle
Mayada, Daughter of Iraq
Love in a Torn Land: A Kurdish Woman’s Story
Growing up Bin Laden: Osama’s Wife and Son Take Us
Inside Their Secret World
For the Love of a Son: One Afghan Woman’s Quest for
her Stolen Child
HISTORICAL FICTION BOOK TITLES:
Princess Sultana’s Daughters is a true story.
Names have been changed and various events slightly altered to
protect the safety of recognizable individuals. In telling this
true story it is not the intention of the author nor of the
princess to demean the rich and meaningful Islamic faith.
An earlier book, Princess: A True Story of
Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia (first published in 1992, and
due to its popularity, re-released in a new edition in 2003) set
the stage for this work by depicting the life of Princess Sultana
from early childhood to the Gulf War of 1991. This book is the
continuing story of Princess Sultana, her daughters, and other
Saudi Arabian women they personally know. While readers are
encouraged to read the first book about Sultana, Princess Sultana’s
Daughters is a story in itself and can be read on its own.
Additionally, the third and last book in the
trilogy is titled Princess Sultana’s Circle. Although many facts
are revealed about a land that is little understood by the Western
world, none of these three books propose to be a history of Saudi
Arabia, or to reflect the lives of all women who live there.
Know that these three books, linked by one
woman, come to one conclusion: that the degradation of women is a
worn out habit. Though the double standard is still alive and well
in most countries, it is time for male dominance over women to
I lived in Saudi Arabia from 1978 until 1990,
a country well known for its segregation of the sexes. I quickly
came to see that forced gender segregation created a close bonding
During that time I met and befriended a
number of Saudi Arabian women. After living in the country for
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