An American Woman in Kuwait is a travelogue written by an American lawyer who accompanied her husband, a Ph.D. immunologist, to Kuwait. The trip spanned almost six months. Stephanie C. Fox strips away the veneer of modern technology and Western influences to explore features of the nation not widely known or appreciated by the public worldwide. A major focus of her work is the degree to which the traditions and prejudices of the tribes from which Kuwaitis claim ancestry act to maintain an inferior status for women. While in Kuwait, the author lived among Kuwaitis, ate traditional foods, mingled with Kuwaitis, studied Kuwaiti history, visited most of its museums, and spent a weekend with her husband at the Wafra Farms Oasis. She was even lucky enough to meet Kuwait's most famous woman suffragist, Rola A. Al-Dashti, Ph.D. Stephanie made friends with Kuwaitis. This cost-saving version offers the book with black-and-white images.
The Emir (ruling Sheikh) whose name was Jaber, was making what was not his
first attempt to get Kuwaiti women the right to vote. Who knew whether or not it
would work, but Aiesha wanted to vote, and she said “insh'allah” they will get it.
Good for her, wanting it – and having it, The Arab Times had helpfully stated, is
not un-Islamic. In fact, the article I read went on to say voting rights for women is
in line with Sharia law – that is Islamic law. There is no excuse for the current