Princess Sultana

Princess Sultana, the heroine Saudi Arabian princess featured in The Princess Trilogy, is visiting one of her children in Europe. Since telephone calls and internet use is routinely monitored in her country, she, as many other Saudi Arabians, tends to make personal calls to when she is out of the country. While in Europe, she telephoned to chat about various things, the main point being the ongoing street revolutions occurring in her neighborhood. While chatting, she asked me what Americans think about the Saudi royal family now that there is such turmoil in the Middle East. I told her that while the world’s attention has centered on Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and Libya, political talk shows in the USA note that many governments quietly worry about the stability of oil producing countries, and most particularly her country of Saudi Arabia. As far as individual Americans, or other world citizens, I don’t believe they give a lot of thought to the Al-Saud family. The princess was a bit surprised by my total honesty on the issue, that while most Americans and Europeans and other nationalities know that women are pushing for new rights, and that the royal houses are extremely wealthy while their citizens are not, basically most people mainly fret about increasing oil and gas prices. We appear selfish in light of the people in the streets of various Middle Eastern countries who are putting their lives on the line, calling for greater freedoms and more economic power. While most human beings tend to worry about their own back yard, and only become involved when they are pulled into a situation greater than themselves, the call for greater individual freedoms should be heeded. And, Americans should be kicked for failing to seek an alternative oil supply. We’ve been talking about this issue since the first oil embargo and are not closer to solving this dilemma than we were in 1973.

Although my main interests are humanitarian issues, I do think about other things (smile) and I personally believe that a stable economic world is imperative so that we can concentrate our main energies on making earth a better place for all.

About jeansasson

I'm a woman with a keen interest in a wide range of topics including women's issues; animal rights issues; humanitarian issues and political movements, such as the events currently sweeping the Middle East. I am an avid reader and collector of books, mainly about travelers of the 18th and 19th centuries. I have enormous curiosity about other people and relish hearing about lives and opinions of people from all over the world. I’m the author of the PRINCESS series, GROWING UP BIN LADEN, MAYADA DAUGHTER OF IRAQ, FOR THE LOVE OF A SON, and more. Over the past two years the princess and I have met and worked together to bring out a 4th and a 5th book in the PRINCESS SERIES. The 4th is titled: PRINCESS, MORE TEARS TO CRY while the 5th, which was recently released, is titled: PRINCESS, SECRETS TO SHARE. I am currently working on my 14th book. Details to be released soon. You can visit my website (http://www.jeansasson.com/) or check out my books on Amazon for more info.
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18 Responses to Princess Sultana

  1. tanishamehta says:

    Correct, we really are far away from finding a solution, but in my honest opinion, I seriously do not get why America is so obsessed with finding oil? Isn’t it high time that an alternative energy source is found that is also safe for the environment and will help save our natural non-renewable resources for our future generations?

  2. jeansasson says:

    Hi! I agree with you — that’s what I said in my post, that we need to find alternative oil supply, meaning a new supply. And, like you say, something safer for the environment. I believe it is one of the most important issues of our time. Sadly, we can’t do without an energy supply or we will go back to the time when people lived without electricity and rode horses… I think that would be difficult in this day and age. Thanks for replying and keeping this very important conversation ongoing.

  3. Atiey says:

    hi! I just read the novel Princess. And I love the reveal you have made. I never knew that Arabs suppress their women that much. All I knew was just about how they care for their women so that the women must wear veil.
    if you dont mind, may i ask you something?
    So, after you wrote all the stories, I’m pretty sure you learned something about Islam. What do you think about Islam? Does the suppression is actually caused by Islam or the people who actually misunderstanding the real concept and fanatically took it for granted?

    • jeansasson says:

      Hi Atiey, Where are you from? I’m surprised you didn’t know women in Saudi Arabia as it is always making the news, even in Saudi Arabia where the newspaper editors often discuss whether or not women should drive, wear the veil, be allowed to travel without a male escort, etc.
      I lived in Saudi Arabia for 12 years and have a large number of Muslim friends. In my opinion, the culture is most often the problem for women, whether women live in SA or in other countries. There are even problems in some countries in the west where the culture believes that men should rule over women. We even have that in various regions in the USA… Hope this answers your question. Thanks for writing, Jean

      • Atiey says:

        Thanks for the reply. I’ve heard/read the news about the discussion on the veil, but not on other topics. I’m Malaysian. Maybe I don’t read that much about the issues. About the escort, they should only have permission and not necessarily escorted by males. At least they have someone with them like friends or sisters..

        I agree with you about the culture which actually tied the people. Even in my place, Asia, we have so many beautiful cultures. However, not all the cultures are right and applicable nowadays.

        By the way, I’m only 20. And I think the issues was at top when I was so young. =)

    • jeansasson says:

      Really, you didn’t know that women were suppressed in “some” Arab countries? What about Afghanistan? Have you been reading the stories coming out of there? The USA has done little to nothing to help those women. Well, in so many cases, the total veil is way of CONTROLLING women, not protecting them. God Himself did not ask that women veil, but only that they dress modestly.

      Yes, I learned a lot about Islam from 12 years of living in Saudi Arabia, and from 30 years of travel and research in the area and from the fact that some of my closest friends are Muslim. I believe that the misrepresentation of some groups of Islamic society are the main problem. As far as the religion of Islam, I respect it as I respect all other religions…

  4. Nandita Mahajan says:

    Hi Jean!
    I am a 21 year old photographer from India and I first read the book ‘Princess’ when I was 15 years old. It had made me curious and lead me to read more on the issues relating to women in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia in particular. Gradually, it seems things have improved as I have friends from Saudi Arabia who are studying abroad and living independently.
    The reason I write to you is that I had misplaced the book and I recently bought it again and re-read it. I am not good with words and I am certain that you have people telling you this all the time, but indeed, its a superbly written book with details that one might not find elsewhere except from the women who have experienced the atrocities themselves. Thank you for sharing with the world, the guarded life of a Princess of Saudi Arabia! It always intrigues me and I hope to visit the country sometime soon..

    • jeansasson says:

      Thank you so much, Nandita… So glad the book about Princess Sultana’s life has been of great value to you. While there is a good bit of information out there regarding other Arab lands, there is little about Saudi Arabia, which is an extremely interesting country — exotic in many ways. And, you are right, certain aspects of change has been really good for females there. Thanks for writing… Jean

  5. Melissa Nesheim says:

    Hi Jean,
    I read the three Princess books while living in Dubai a few years ago. In fact, the Title was passed around to everyone I was in contact with. A fellow American told me about it and I told a New Zealander, a Canadian, and other Americans and then everyone I knew read it. Reading the stories and living and visiting amongst Arab cultures I began to love instead of fear these people. I wish we could go back to live. But anyway, I also wish I could follow Princess Sultana’s story of her family more. Did her son grow up to be good man, especially to females; and her daughters, what is their present day story?…..
    I have a friend that just moved to Saudi ( her husband is in oil) and I want to go visit her. Sadly, I am not allowed. But because of your Princess trilogy, I am no longer afraid of the Middle East or of Saudi Arabia. And I look at these people in Abayas now as people instead of objects all covered up.
    Melissa Nesheim

    • jeansasson says:

      Hi Melissa! This is very interesting — I’ve had people to write to me and tell me that the books were sent into Saudi page by page via a fax machine! SO I do know that the adventures of Princess Sultana made for very interesting reading for those living in Saudi Arabia. After all, it was the first time that a Saudi princess had revealed details of her life.

      Melissa, yes, the princess’ son did grow up to be a lovely human being. He is married, and is a man who treasures his wife and who is NOT the typical Saudi male, always wanting to control everything. Abdullah now has two children. Maha is not married. Amani is married and is expecting her first child.

      I find Saudi Arabia to be one of the most complex societies in the world, yet, I fell in love with the Saudi people. On a one-to-one basis, all Saudis were nice to me, the men and the women.

      I hope you get to read a short piece I have written on three Saudi women I came to know when I lived in Saudi Arabia. It will be up and running in KINDLE sometime in January and it will be titled: American Chick in Saudi Arabia. As someone who has lived there, I believe that you will appreciate and understand the stories. Although some things are changing for the better for Saudi women, others are not. But, the most important point is that Saudi women are now educated and that they are working their way through the cultural barriers that have held them back for so many years. I truly admire and respect how most Saudi women are living their lives and working to attain rights that they should have. Thanks for writing, Melissa. It is lovely to chat with you! Warm regards, Jean Sasson

  6. Rebecca says:

    Hi Jean!

    Its been a long time since Princess Sultanas last book, is she ever gonna write a new one?

    • jeansasson says:

      Dear Rebecca, As you probably know, the princess does not write the books about her life. I write them. However, you’ll be happy to know that the princess and I recently met and agreed for book 4 in the series. It will be written by next May and the publisher is bringing it out September 2014. So, hang on!

      Meanwhile, I’m assuming that you have read all three of the books about the princess, right?

      Thanks for writing… Jean

  7. Reena says:

    Hi jean,,
    may I get this novel??
    becausei need this novel to my reserch paper..
    i was trying to looking for this novel but i cant find it..
    where i can get the pdf or ebook to this nove, do you have the web addres??thx

    • jeansasson says:

      Hi Reena, Where are you living?

      AMAZON and many other sites have the e-book available. Let me know where you are and I’ll send you to the right place to get the e-book.

      All the best, Jean

  8. dyenteaja says:

    Hii Jean,

    First of all : YOUR BOOKS ARE AMAZING. I just finished the last one about 15 min ago!

    It touches my heart to read about the life of females in Saudie. I could never imagine that living in Amsterdam.

    I read in the comments that book Nr 4 is on his way ?! Can’t wait !
    Btw I read on Wikipedia that Sultana isn’t alive anymore. Is that true ?
    Or couldn’t it be true because her name isn’t really Sultana ?

    The story had me in a headlock!
    Glad that my mom bought this triologie for me!

    Greetings,

    Dyente , 19 , Amsterdam – The Netherlands

  9. dyenteaja says:

    Hii Jean,
    My name is Dyente, I’m 19 years old and I live in Amsterdam – The Netherlands.

    I really loved the story that you wrote about the princess and her family.
    It touches my heart to read how females are being treated and how they live in fear for their husband !

    I read in the comments that there’s a fourth book on the way in September ?! I really can’t wait for it. I searched for a really long time to get the last book : Sultana’s circle and I just finished reading it ! It tastes like more !
    Btw, is Sultana really her name ?
    I searched for her on the internet and found that she died in 2008 of an disease. Is it true..

    I really dislike Ali btw haha !

    Greetings

    Dyente

    • jeansasson says:

      Hi Dyente, I’m really happy that you read the books about Princess Sultana. She is an amazing woman. And, she is alive — that was her auntie named Sultana who passed away. (No, her real name is not Sultana, although there are a number of Princess Sultana’s in the Saudi royal family.)

      Yes, Ali is the man that we all dislike! I met him in person once and he was very obnoxious.

      I’m now writing book #4. I met with the princess earlier in the year to get the stories and now I am pulling the book together, and writing all the very interesting stories she revealed during our meeting.

      For now, have a most lovely day and thank you for taking the time to write to me.

      With very warm regards, Jean Sasson http://www.jeansasson.com

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