PRINCESS SULTANA – your replies to her question

Thanks to everyone of you who responded in such a positive manner.  You have my apologies that it took me so long to get back with you.  As I have mentioned, I am finishing my 11th book (YES!) and I have been chained to my computer chair for the past four months and have barely done anything else.

But this morning I did read ALL the responses to the question posed by Princess Sultana.

I have cut and pasted all your comments and am now in the process of sending those to her daughter.  I don’t know how she will resist connecting with the readers of her story after reading the most wonderful replies from all of you.

I will let you know within the next few weeks what her plans are.

Meanwhile, I appreciate all the feedback and I know that she will, too!

For now, have a most happy day!  Jean



For the past year I have been attempting to convince Princess Sultana to join the world wide web by posting, or having a FB page or tweeting.  I believe that she would enjoy having this kind of contact with other women who are working on the same issues that have so affected her life.  Although it is difficult for her to post when she is in the kingdom as there are government spies monitoring all Saudis, (even the royals) and most particularly Saudi women, she does spend a lot of time in Europe and in California, and during those jaunts she would be free to post.

At this time her eldest daughter sometimes responds on her mother’s behalf (with her mother’s permission) but I’m all for the Princess coming out of her shell, at least as much as possible, and having directly contact.

She wondered if anyone would be interested if she blogged or tweeted and I have assured her that they would.

What do you say?  Would you be interested in following the tweets of Princess Sultana? If so, let me know and I’ll pass the word.


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 few years the princess and I have met and worked together to bring out a 4th, 5th and 6th book. The 4th is titled: PRINCESS, MORE TEARS TO CRY while the 5th is titled: PRINCESS, SECRETS TO SHARE. The 6th, titled PRINCESS, STEPPING OUT OF THE SHADOWS is to be released in October 2018. I am currently working on my memoirs. Details to be released soon. You can visit my website ( or check out my books on Amazon for more info.
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225 Responses to PRINCESS SULTANA – your replies to her question

  1. C.H says:

    I would definitley follow the Princess either on Twitter, facebook, blog. I think it’s a great idea.

    • jeansasson says:

      Good news! I’ll let her know…

      • Sandra Abreu says:

        Parabéns por seus livros, adorei. Embora a religião islamica seja um pouco controversa para mim, no que diz respeito aos direitos das mulheres, e dos homens, há uma pequena lavagem cerebral nas mulheres, Chego até mesmo perceber que igual a outras religiôes há uma certa resistencia em conhecer e respeitar algo que não seja do islã pelas proprias mulheres, e fico triste em pensar que algumas nem se dão ao trabalho de nos conhecer antes de nos taxarem de prostitutas; mas admiro alguns pensamentos e comportamentos dos seus seguidores em relação a Deus. As proprias mulheres parecem ter preconceitos entre elas mesmas. Fiquei feliz em conhecer indiretamente a Princesa e suas famílias, a maioria delas é de mulheres muito inteligentes. Fiquei muito feliz na passagem onde ela tenta no Cairo demover a mãe de fazer a incisão na menina, neta de sua auxiliar. Senti junto com ela toda a dor no seu coração e a parabenizo junto às suas irmãs por terem se unido fortemente no sentido de lutar por dias melhores em seu país. Acredito que essa luta, sendo pouco a pouco vencedora, poderá se expandir aos seus países vizinhos, com a uma pedra quando se joga no rio……..Teria um grande prazer de compartilhar sua luta, seus sentimentos. Já as considero minhas amigas e as amo. Orarei e usarei todos os meus conhecimentos em terapais à distância para enviar-lhes boas energias, sabedoria e força espiritual; Que Deus as abençoe e a voce também Jean.Um grande abraço de alguém que procura também ser o melhor para poder ver o mundo futuro melhor.

    • Sonnett Smith says:

      Definitely, you can’t read these books and not want to know mor about Princess Saltana and her family and her fight to have woman recognized as individuals wo have feelings, ambitions and dreams.indeed a courageous woman

  2. loveunjung says:

    Most definitely. Princess Sultanas’ determination was such an inspiration and motivated me to achieve greater in life! Thank you.

    • jeansasson says:

      Fabulous, Rosia. I’m delighted by the response and keeping my fingers and toes crossed that she will see these notes (I’ll tell her to come and visit) and realize that she could really enjoy chatting with other women and/or men who care about the plight of women.

    • jeansasson says:

      I’m glad to hear that Rosia and I know she will be glad too… It’s a wonderful feeling to know that Princess Sultana has inspired so many women in our world.

  3. Harshita says:

    Im more than interested!!I have already tried searching for her on fb.would love to have to talk to her directly and follow her tweets.plz jean,try to convince her,plz……

  4. If they were interested in the books, why not a blog or Facebook page? I mean if a cat can amass a following of millions, then so can she! I’d certainly sign up.

  5. Sassy 1 says:

    YES I WOULD LUV 2 hear Frm Princesss!!!

    Respectively Sent from Karen’s iPhone

  6. Lindsey says:

    I’m currently reading the first book. My deepest prayer through these stories is that these women would know there are other women around the world who are praying for them and are looking for what we can do to help them. Being able to read their tweets/blogs would be amazing! More than anything, I want them to be safe, though. Tell her I admire her, so much.

    • jeansasson says:

      I’m so glad to hear that you are reading the books… She is an amazing woman — one of the most courageous I’ve ever met and believe me, I’ve met a lot of bold and brave women… I will pass on your message. Thank you!

  7. Jean, it would be wonderful to have the Princess join us. If she’d feel more comfortable, or if it would put her less at risk, at least in the beginning, a private chat room would work. She is definitely a role model for women and obviously a delightful personality. We have all learned to love the Princess and the her daughters through your wonderful books and it would be incredible to ‘meet’ one of the characters right out of your books.

  8. Jerriann Law says:

    please, yes, tell her, it would be a blessing to us all to hear anything she would want to share and may peace be upon her.

  9. Mistyfan says:

    I don’t tweet at the moment, but if that changes I’ll be interested.

  10. Ever since I read the first Princess book years ago I have wished more than anything that I could hear directly from the Princess herself. It would be incredible to hear her thoughts in her words and I eagerly await the day I can make contact with her. I’m certain it will inspire me as much as my first contact with you, Jean!

  11. Assia Hussein says:

    Send her my love and tell her that i would love to….. I also read her books and can relate to so much of what she has been through. I lived in the middle east for 15years, love the people, learnt so much, seen so much, experienced so much. But also so many sad times i went through. She is an amazing lady xxxx

  12. tanriani says:

    Of course, I’d like to know what happen and especially how much her right that she could have in her condition now..^^


  13. Zainab says:

    wwe would all love to follow her on facebook!! ive been looking for her… but havent found her…. and it would be interesting to see how many women follow her, especially those who belong to her world.

  14. Steph says:

    I would be very interested to read a blog and/or fb by the princess as I have read all of her books. I don’t tweet but I suppose I could start if the princess started tweeting.

  15. pavitra says:

    YES, PLEASE! I felt like I connected so well with her through the books and I would love to connect personally with the princess through Facebook or twitter.

  16. Nith$ says:

    I am glad to follow either on FB or Twitter, I hope she is not at risk, I was really in shock when I read Daughters of Arabia my second book after Princess, She somehow Managed not to get into trouble by letting the world know about the royals,I am worried if this will cause the MEN of her family to more anger.

  17. pattymumek says:

    That would be awesome.xx

  18. Achanta Ramya says:

    Please tell her to join the web world. I would love to hear from her and also if lucky enough interact with her.

  19. I would love it if Princess posts regularly. I already requested you last month to see if I could mail to Princess directly.
    Oh please do get her to tweet ! Would absolutely LOVE it.

  20. Christine says:

    YESSSSSSSSS… 4 sure , waw u made my day 🙂 …. it will be a honor to talk with Princes Sultana … Salamatt

  21. Christine says:

    YESSSSSSSSS… 4 sure , waw u made my day 🙂 …. it will be a honor to talk with Princes Sultana … Salamatt
    Thx u Jean for the great news …

  22. Sarah says:

    yes, most definitely.

  23. AinNoor says:

    Yes please~ would love to be in touch with Princess Sultana. 🙂

  24. Kinga Papp says:

    I think that our lives would be way richer by being able to read her blog!!! But of course only in case of not causing problems to her!!!

  25. grene collins says:

    Hi, I read with great interest the trilogy about Mrs Sultana ( she might call herself royal but titles have no meaning. There are only men, women and children on this planet, everything else are just convoluted mindgames played by ignorant men and women) and having lived in islamic countries and having read the Koran I am absolutely astonished how she blithely holds on to her religious beliefs, completely ignoring the fact that it is her very religion that is the cause of women’s plight. ALL major and minor religions on this planet are deeply misogynist and regard women as 2nd class cicizens.(According to the Koran a woman does not inherit an equal part of her parents heritage, just as according to the Koran it is easy for a man to divorce his wife but not vice versa.) How can you condone that? Have you not noticed that only as people in the west have gotten more educated over the last 100 years and seen through the lies of the christian religion that women have dared to demand and gained back some essential human right? I am not on facebook or twitter as I value my privacy.

  26. Gerda hoogeveen says:

    Facebook please…

  27. Akshaya says:

    Oh we ‘d LOVE that! She’s my role model. I have learnt to be strong and composed from her. Please tell her we are all interested Jean.

  28. Valerie Nesbitt says:

    That would be wonderful. Anyone who has read even one book about her certainly would be interested. I, for one, would be delighted!

  29. Topaz says:

    I would love to hear from the Princess I’ve read all the books a number of times and admire the Princess so much I’ve given the books to my daughter to read. A blog or facebook page would be great. I don’t think twitter would be enough.

  30. Raylene says:

    I would love to hear from the Princess. It would be a dream come true! I’ve read her books years ago and I still think about her and her daughters. She is such an amazing woman. Tell her we are begging to hear from her. Thank you Jean Sasson for keeping us updated. I have recommended your books to many friends. 🙂 Facebook would be my preference.

  31. talei says:

    Aloha Jean!

    This is a fantastic idea. Please let HRH know that she is well loved the world over and it would mean so much to her “fans” to hear directly from her, not to mention more liberating for her to express herself in cyberspace, she’ll find the experience liberation!

    Please let her know that her passion, compassion and strength is a life-line for many. I absolutely love and adore her since I first read your books, and I know that I am not alone feeling that way.

    Much love to you Jean!

    Sent from my BlackBerry® by Boost Mobile

  32. Sara Silva says:

    Hello Jean. I don’t use Tweeter a lot, but if the princess starts, I’ll start following, for sure! We don’t want her to feel unsafe, by sharing her tweets, but of course everyone is interested. How could we not be interested, in hearing directly from one of our heroes?? I feel that she will be amazed, to see how many people she has touched, and how her story is loved for so many, around the world! The first princess tweeting… That would be so cooollllll!! (Is that her on the photo, in the black abaya? I look this image so many times, thinking it could be the princess, herself).

  33. Marsha says:

    I would love to follow her on twitter but have to admit I would be a little worried for her as well. learning of other women’s struggle makes me very thankful and appreciative of my own life and helps to put things into perspective.

  34. kittu says:

    YES!!! ofcourse.. The princess has no idea of her fan following & Thank you Jean for bringing her to us.

  35. Susanne Puca says:

    What a fantastic way for Princess Sultana to get to know other women who support her. This would give her an immense sense of freedom in a way that she would not normally have. Princess Sultana has stood up for what she believes in, this is the next step to womens freedom and democracy!!!!

  36. Madalena says:

    Dear Jean,
    I first read “Princess Sultana” book in 2009, after meeting a girl who was fascinated by the story of the life of a ‘Princess in Saudi Arabia’. I adore reading books that have a message, and that consist of powerful personalities, and thus this seemed like a book that I would thoroughly enjoy reading. Approximately one month later, whilst traveling in Malaysia, I found the book that I had heard so well of!
    I would like to thank you Jean, for having written this book in behalf of Princess Sultana, and congratulate you for your courage in also representing women! As I was reading the book I felt like I was “living the character”, experiencing different feelings and emotions. A few of the shocking situations, made me shed a tear or two, however, there were also many times that I could not stop laughing. Princess Sultana holds amazing inner qualities, and like any person, she too has her weaknesses. However, these “weaknesses” in my opinion are what make her an incredibly strong, unique and humorous woman.
    Recently, whilst working at a book fair, I found the Princess Sultana trilogy “Sultana, Princess Sultana’s Daughters, and Desert Royal” translated to Portuguese. I reread the first book, and the following two books too! Princess Sultana is a true idol, a REAL inspiration to me. I find it curious that many women who are brought up with a lot more freedom do not act to change other women’s lives, and it is those that experience these difficulties and lack of freedom that tend to voice up, even if it means risking ones life! I hope that one day I will have the courage, and ambition to also make a difference in society, as I know that no matter how much/less money ill make in life, this is what will make me truly happy.

    So yes, I would definitely follow Princess Sultana if she were to have an online platform!

    Wishing Princess Sultana, Jean and everyone else peace, health and happiness.

    Thank you


  37. Yes pleased i would love to tweet or facebook with the princess.She is a great inspiration for me.Cant wait for a reply.Thank.You

  38. Charmaine Barnardt says:

    Yes she can open up a world that is closed to Western civilization


  39. Disha Kapoor says:

    Definitely. I would love to hear from her as well. If she would like to connect to millions of souls who would love to hear from her very self, I think it will be really amazing . But, definitely not at the stake of her security or safety. Whenever she feels like, she should. My best wishes with her and her daughters 🙂

  40. Christina says:

    I would start using facebook or twitter for her

  41. kirti says:

    i want to know more about princess sultana like where is she now and what she is doing. It will be great if she joins FB, Tweeter or any other communication mode to be in contact with her fans.

  42. Maren says:

    I would without doubt follow her on twitter or facebook. She is the most inspiring women on earth!

  43. charlene says:

    definitely get her to come on twitter. it would be great to hear from her directly. She’s such an inspiration to me!

  44. victorianur says:

    Of course!!!! I cannot think of anything more interesting than this. It is in the hands of the Saudi women, most of all, to bring down the abuse, the ignorance, the lack of respect, towards women, coming from muslim men. If this situation changed in the heart of islam (Saudia Arabia: the country that is an example for all the other muslim countries), it would be a GREAT VICTORY and an amazingly important step towards the equality between the sexes on the planet. If I could help in any way, I would like to know. I am a woman, a medical doctor, althought I´m from another country, I live in Germany, in a wonderful land where women have the same rights as men, where men are super respectful, beautiful, who learn to be able to satisfy us in bed, in social and personal life. I am very very fortunate and thankful to this country and my freedom, and I would very much like this same freedom happiness and pleasure to be enjoyed by all women and all men on planet Earth. 🙂 All my love and strenght to ¨Sultana¨. May your mind listen to your wonderful heart, may your health and energy be abundant, may the universe protect you.

  45. I would love
    to share Facebook with the princess she is an inspiration to all woman in the world,be it mothers,daughters,sisters and I grandmothers.I started reading your books having bought it in Malaysia many years ago.I am a grandmother now and still continue to read books that motivate and inspire me.Thank you jean for all the books u have written I haven’t missed one . Will wait for your new books

  46. I would love to Facebook or tweet with the princess.She has been a great inspiration in my life.

  47. Erin says:

    Yes, I think it would be fantastic! I read these books about Sultanas life about 6 years ago in my late teens, and think she is a inspirational woman.

  48. Vats says:

    I have read two books so far and they were unputdownable. The books were not just an eye opener but also an example of tremendous bravery. I am sure your books have inspired millions of women around the globe. I would definitely love to follow Princess Sultana on FB or Twitter. Please pass on the message…Thanks.

  49. Erika Davis says:

    I would be very interested in following her, as long as it does not endanger her safety to do this.

  50. Denise says:

    Yes, I wold love to hear from the Princess. I have read and reread her books. I’ve been wondering how she has been doing since the trilogy. I would be glad to follow her tweets or fb.

  51. jeansasson says:

    THANKS, all of you! Let’s see what happens! I’m waiting for her decision, the same as you (smile)… Have a lovely day, Jean

  52. Tiffany K. Ahmed says:

    It would be so delightful if Princess Sultana started a blog and/or began to tweet. I could not put the Princess Trilogies down, I loved each one so much. I was so sad @ the end of the last trilogy due to not wanting it to end. The last book left me wanting to know so much more!
    I have so much respect for Princess Sultana… She became my hero. Jean thank you so much for writing this brave, hero’s story. Please tell Princess Sultana & her daughters to start a blog! I so badly want to know what’s happened to Princess Sultana, her husband & children since the end of the last book. Also, her favorite, most beautiful (inside & out), soft spoken sister.
    So many questions, so please Princess Sultana start a blog so the world can correspond with you! We love you!

  53. talita garcia says:

    hi jean I am Brazilian, and i love your books, and I love Sultana, he is so amazing… of course i want Sultana here ;)..I would like to exchange experiences with sultana, because I live in one of the most liberal countries in the world, but there are many stories under the table….

  54. nazish khokhar says:

    nothing could be more wonderful!

  55. Mercedes Albisu Adami says:

    I´m from Uruguay, South America; and i read Princess Sultana first when i was 10!!!!!!! I love Sultana and her life story and i want to know how is his life now!!!!!!!!!!!! You should write another book!!!!!!!!!!

    • jeansasson says:

      Hi! Princess Sultana is doing wonderfully. There are two more books about her life. Check out my website and you will see them:
      Thanks for writing! Jean

    • jeansasson says:

      Thanks, Mercedes… I love the fact that you love Princess Sultana. She is doing wonderfully, very happy, helping many young Muslim girls with their education. Her children are all grown. She has two grandchildren and another on the way, although she looks young enough to be the mother of her grandchildren! At some point there will be a 4th book. Thanks, again, jean

  56. a book like that should not be finished at midnight,a vivid expressing tale wont allow u to sleep,i bet u,teachers if i didnot came to first class plz regrets,,well awesome to read,i would be fancy to read her more books.peace.

  57. Debbie Isbell says:

    Yes I would love to hear how her son an daughters are. Amani especially because I love the fact that she loves animals and was willing to help them. I think I have read all three books at least three times.

    • jeansasson says:

      I will answer part of your question with the same answer I gave Sar’ai: Her son is married and has two children, so Princess Sultana is a grandmother, although she still looks very youthful. Her son is a kind and good man, so Sultana raised him well.

      Her daugher named Maha in the book is single and is living in Europe, very happily so. She is still a rebel.
      Her daugher named Amani in the book is married and expecting her first child. She is still very strictly religious.
      The princess and her husband are extremely happy, I believe more happy than they have ever been. Kareem’s mother passed away last year. Two of Sultana’s sisters have passed away. Sad… Her father and brother are still alive and well…

      Amani still loves animals although is not as aggressive as before, the princess has happily reported. I’m delighted that you have read the books more than once. THey are being updated and CIRCLE will have a new chapter in 2013 as so to catch everyone up with the changes in Saudi Arabia. Thank you, Debbie… Jean

  58. sar'ai says:

    I would love that! I was wondering if we could have an update on what her children are doing now?

    • jeansasson says:

      Sure, Sar’ai! Thank you. Her son is married and has two children, so Princess Sultana is a grandmother, although she still looks very youthful. Her son is a kind and good man, so Sultana raised him well.

      Her daugher named Maha in the book is single and is living in Europe, very happily so. She is still a rebel.

      Her daugher named Amani in the book is married and expecting her first child. She is still very strictly religious.

      The princess and her husband are extremely happy, I believe more happy than they have ever been. Kareem’s mother passed away last year. Two of Sultana’s sisters have passed away. Sad… Her father and brother are still alive and well…

  59. Bobby says:

    The Princess Trilogy where very good books, but very frustrating to read because how no blame is directed at Mohammed! I do commend Sultana for telling us about her life and speaking the truth about what goes on in Saudi Arabia! I just wish that Princess Sultana will come to her senses and put blame where it should be directed, at Mohammed himself! I understand why she doesn’t. If Sultana came out with anything negative against Mohammed she would be put to death! He is the example that all Muslims try to emulate. His favorite wife, Aisha, was 6 when they married and 9 when the marriage was consummated! I wonder why Muslim men do what they do! Mohammed had a lot more than 4 wives and even more concubines. I wonder why Muslim men do what they do! Women are treated the same now in Muslim countries as they were during Mohammed’s time! The only way for women in Islam to have true freedom is to leave Islam! Islam is much more than a religion, it is a supremacist ideology that can have no other beliefs next to it! Just look at Islamic Sharia Law! I wish one day we could have an honest discussion about Islam without political correctness and being threatened with violence and death!

    • Victoria says:

      I agree. and I also agree with Sultana´s daughter and her rebellion against a set of beliefs completely disconnected from consciousness. Rumi, nevertheless, I respect.

    • jeansasson says:

      Although the princess is not as religious as many Muslim women, she is still a staunch believer and would not agree with you, Bobby, although I think everyone has the right to their opinion and to be given the space to say what they are thinking…

      Thanks for writing in… Jean

      • Victoria says:

        With respect and an open heart I ask: didn´t Muhammad marry a 6 year old when he was in his 50´s? Didn´t he said the punishment for leaving Islam is death? Sultana can be a staunch believer..but how wouldn´t she agree with something that is stated in her own holy scriptures?

      • Bobby says:

        Victoria you are exactly right! Mohammed married Aisha at 6 and consumated the marriage at 9. That’s why Muslim men are aloud to marry very young girls because Mohammed is the best example! If you want to understand Islam look at the sayings and deeds of Mohammed! Islam is much more than a religion! It is a political ideology.

      • jeansasson says:

        While I fight for the rights and dignity of women & girls worldwide, I never get into two kinds of discussions: Political and religious. I would not have enough energy to start debating with everyone on earth on these points, as everyone has an opinion and people feel very strongly about their beliefs, mainly because people defend what they KNOW and what they have been raised to believe. I respect others rights to debate, but I just don’t go there….

  60. Rits says:

    I would love that princess Sultana created a blog/facebook/twitter.
    My mother bought the book, and in Portugal the published a book who is the set of the three books you wrote, and I just spend all weekend reading it. I finished the first book today, and I couldn’t be more amazed. Princess Sultana is a woman of courage and I would like her to have a blog where she could tell more about her life because she’s simply a role model to every women.

  61. I feel that it would be most helpful if Sultana decided to start tweeting of posting on FB, since there are so many brave Saudi women right now claiming their right to drive, speak up and be free! I am sure it would not only encourage us, but also and especially those women! We are all connected, no matter where we were born or raised. let’s do this together and change the walk of life for all our sons and daughters!

  62. Jeff Goodwin says:

    I am reading Princess for school and i have a huge test tomorrow. One of the questions was what is Sultana’s tone throughout the book. I could not get out of the book Sultana’s tone. I was wondering if u could help me.

    Thank you

  63. Aneri says:

    I am going to meet a princess in saudi arabia soon, and is it possible for me to meet her or contact her in anyway? and a Facebook page or twitter would be the best thing possible

    • jeansasson says:

      Which princess are you meeting?

      You need to supply information about yourself to me. Your name, where you live, a little about you. Also, why you want to meet Princess Sultana and what would you talk about? Lastly, you’ll have to be prepared for a background check. Are you? Her security team always goes ahead of her.

      After you send this to me, I will send on your message. You might want to know that the princess met one “fan” in 1999 but that fan tried to blackmail her afterward. Thank goodness she had not given that person her “real” name and did not allow photos. So, she is quite shy and for good reason.

      Write to me at, okay?

  64. Elane Lima says:

    Jean, eu sou do Brasil, adoro seus livros, seria ótimo se a princesa Sultana tivesse uma pagina no twitter.

  65. Sahlee says:

    I bought the Kindle edition of the first book out of curiousity and after finishing it I couldn’t get enough and so I bought the other 2 books and finished reading the 3 books in less than 24 hours. I was so appalled by the plight of the women in the Arab region. Men treat them not as humans but as properties whose only worth is to satiate their sexual desires. I lost whatever little respect I had for all Arab men. I agree that this barbaric treatments of Arab women by their men has nothing to do with Islam, for no religion could ever allow nor tolerate these acts. What I cannot fathom though is the fact that these supposed “religious” men are allowed to distort the Koran and interpret the verses to justify their beastly deeds. Some of the verses quoted in the books are not ambiguous as to need any interpretation. By allowing differing interpretations of the Koran verses, the whole Islam faithfuls, no matter how educated they are, are swimming in the sea of illiteracy.

    While it is true that one woman alone, no matter how powerful she is, cannot change the course of these women’s lives, doing a little something over time will definitely result to a positive impact. I pray that the Princess and her circle will not give up fighting for their gender’s rights.

    I would be really glad to follow her in any social media network she may choose to have!

    • Bobby says:

      Sahlee, yes it has a lot to do with Islam! Study the history of Islam and Mohammed and that will explain it. This political correctness about Islam is disgusting! No one ever wants to talk about the truth of Islam. This political ideology does condone the horrible treatment of women! You never see any protests especially from the feminists in the US! I would love to know what verses are distorted?

      • Victoria says:

        From Mr. Ali Sina´s site:

        ¨If you do not like this site and want me to remove it, instead of acting as a bully or as a victim, disprove my charges against Muhammad logically. Not only will I remove the site, I will publicly announce that Islam is a true religion.

        I will also pay

        $50,000 U.S. dollars

        to anyone who can disprove the following accusations that I have made against Muhammad. I accuse Muhammad of being:

        a narcissist a misogynist a rapist
        a pedophile a lecher a torturer
        a mass murderer a cult leader an assassin
        a terrorist a madman a looter

        I have debated with many Muslims. Their defense of Islam can be summarized in two categories:

        a- Denial of the authenticity of Islamic sources that report the stories of crimes of Muhammad (example: debate with Edip Yukssel, a leader of the Submitters)

        b- Moral relativism and situational ethics, e.g., “In those days, pedophilia, assassination, rape, raid, pillage, massacre and lying, were common practices, so Muhammad is innocent because he did what everyone else was doing.” Muslims even go as far as to question the legitimacy of the Golden Rule to claim I do not have any basis to condemn Muhammad. In other words, who can say what is good and what is evil? That is up to the messenger of God to decide. (Example: debate with Yamin Zakaria)

        These are the main two arguments that Muslims present in defense of Islam. Any rational person can see they are logical fallacies.

    • jeansasson says:

      I will definitely let you know, Sahlee.. Thanks for caring about the princess and other women.

    • jeansasson says:

      Thank you, Sahlee. I’m so glad you read all the books about Princess Sultana, who is an extraordinary woman…

  66. S.F.A says:

    First of all I am a HUGE fan of the princess and so is my mother, thats why I’m named after her. I think that she is wonderful for fighting for women and trying to chage the world. I want to be like her when I get older. She’s amazing and if she got a FB account that would also be amazing.

    • jeansasson says:

      That’s wonderful! I can’t wait to tell the princess that you were named after her. Sultana is a beautiful name on its own, in my opinion, but especially nice when one is named for such a brave and unusual woman as Princess Sultana.

  67. Megan Soetaert says:

    Definitely. I would love to follow the Princess. She is an inspiring woman to me and I’d most enjoy to hear from her that way.

  68. Jenny Krueger says:

    Thank you Jean for being Princess Sultana’s voice! The princess is truly an inspiration to all women. As a westerner living in the Middle East it’s hard sometimes to wrap your head around such injustice. (And i thought my father was horrible-wrong!) We take for granted our freedoms! Please pass along to the Princess an America in Dubai is hoping one day she will have freedom, if not for her then for her daughters! Keep up the good fight princess we are all behind you!

  69. chanelgal says:

    I am now reading the third “Princess” book and do hope you will write a fourth as I can’t get enough of Sultana’s stories and her life. I absolutely adore her and would love to meet her when I journey to the Middle East next year. It would even be wonderful to be able to correspond with her, so please “Sultana” start a blog when you are away from SA. I will refer back to this page in hopes Ms. Sasson will give us a link to Sultana’s new blog. I have dated Saudi’s from very very prominent families as well as having met Princes from the Al Saud family, so this is especially interesting for me. Thank you.

    • jeansasson says:

      Thank you so much CHanelgal… Where will you be traveling in the Middle East? To Saudi Arabia? IF SO, which city?

      • chanelgal says:

        UAE, Dubai and Abu Dhabi for a long vacation. Besides the Sultana saga, I am also reading your book American Chick in Saudi Arabia. You are one of my favorite authors, your books are well written and so interesting they are hard to put down. XOXO

      • jeansasson says:

        Oh, you’ll enjoy yourself in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. I’ve been there so many times, mainly Dubai and when I used to go, it was a little sleepy village kind of a place and now it is BOOMING! I hope you have a lovely time. The princess rarely goes to Dubai and never to Abu Dhabi for some reason, I don’t know…

        Thanks for your kind words and so happy you are enjoying the books I write…. Talk with you later, then, Jean

      • jeansasson says:

        Thank you, Chanelgal! More than you know! What are you reading now????

  70. Melissa says:

    I remember picking up the first book by Princess Sultana, “Princess” in a bookshop in London on my way back to the States. I was probably around 13 years old and I’ve been horrified and appalled ever since about the Middle East after reading all three books by Princess Sultana. I would love it (as other readers have done above) if you could write a fourth book about Princess Sultana, but even more important would be to write a short note to Princess Sultana and to let her know that I cried throughout reading her memoirs and if I ever could give her a big hug I would and also to let her know that she is not – and never will be – alone thanks to writing her memoirs. She is a brave lady and deserves some sort of peace prize recognition here! And thank you, Ms. Sasson, for helping to get her story out! If Princess Sultana ever would be able to join up on social media, I think she would enjoy hearing how so many people around the world care about her!!!

    • jeansasson says:

      I love this story and can’t wait to share it with the princess. She has been amazed and humbled by the outpouring of affection and concern for a princess and other women in Saudi Arabia — until her story was told, no one could imagine what life was like in Saudi Arabia in the royal house… Her story really opened up Saudi Arabia to the world, more than any other book. I was pleased and happy to be a part of it. And yes, there is talk about doing a 4th book but I’m the one holding it up with my schedule. But, I think it is going to happen.

      The princess intends on having social media but one of her daughters has to set it up and that has not yet been done. Thank you so much, and hugs to YOU, Melissa!

      • Melissa says:

        Hi Ms. Sasson, It’s actually quite interesting: in the Deaf community that I am a part of (hard-of-hearing), we give hugs to each other a lot of times upon greeting each other 🙂 I was not expecting you to respond so quickly and wanted to say thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to acknowledge my response! I worry about the consequences to the Princess by social media but your explanations of her safely being able to interact via Europe and the United States puts me a bit more at ease! I believe I read her first memoir, “Princess,” when it first came out in the early 1990s. A fourth memoir would be fabulous in the next few years as its been quite some time since the Princess’s last memoirs, “Circles” was written. Take care and finish your new book you got going in the works! 😉 I’m a writer myself, so I understand how distracting it can be writing one project and coming up with many more in the process! 🙂

  71. Sandra Thompson says:

    Thank you for writing The Princess books, I read all three, one after another (library). They have def. opened my eyes in a number of ways. I aprec. the princess helping the girls and women of her country the Kingdom. I feel favor toward the Muslim relig. and the devotion of the people, after reading your books. I had many misconcept.’s before. Good for the princess’s dedication to the women. Her husband is supporting her too.

    • Bobby Swindle says:

      Sandra try reading the Quran, Hadith, Sira and the history of Mohamned and that will give you the truth about Islam! It pretty self explanatory!

    • jeansasson says:

      I’m so happy to read this Sandra. Thank you for letting me know. The princess & I respect all religions — sadly, it is the culture that causes many of the problems…

  72. Toni G says:

    It would be fantastic to have the princess on Facebook! I’m currently reading Princess again for the 4th time & I still have tears pouring from my eyes at what this amazingly brave woman has been through. She is such an inspiration & I wish I had even 1/4 of her backbone.
    The risk the princess took to put pen to paper and open the worlds eyes to the horrors of her world are truly amazing.
    Please let her know that I am truly glad she is safe & well 🙂

  73. Bonnie says:

    Reading the Princess Sultana books opened up a whole new world to me. The world of Saudi Arabia. I found a country to fall in love with and despair of. The Princess is so like me in many ways. She alone has felt the need and the drive to point out the injustices. I know what it is to be the one in the family to point out that elephant in the living room. I know too that it is not always about courage but about a driving need. I know that it hurts one’s soul to sit quietly while immorality unfolds in front of you. I know what it is to warch as words seem to fly out of one’s mouth almost unbidden and as quick as a a flash. I have seen all of this in the princess. And I absolutely love her for it. She is so imperfect and so passionate and loves her God and her children and her family. I feel such a kinship to this woman who to all outward appearances has a life nothing like mine. That being said she has been so much braver than I. And i would just adore following her, hearing her, seeing more of her. She is another human woman and I would love to know her better.

    • jeansasson says:

      Bonnie, thanks for writing. I am cutting and pasting all these comments for the princess as she will love reading this… She has been surprised but very pleased at the impact her true story has made across the world. I find her to be extraordinary, always caring more for others than for herself. we don’t see that in people so often, and in particular the extremely wealthy… Thank you, again, Jean

  74. Sentijung. Lkr says:

    Having Grown up in a place where females are cherished and loved the same as males, i couldnt help but feel mortified at the thought of females not being treated in equal terms with their male counterparts in Saudi Arabia. I express my deepest respect for princess Sultana and would readily like to convey my respect for her.

    • jeansasson says:

      Thank you, so much. I promise to pass your words along to the princess. In fact we are going to be meeting up very soon. The women of Saudi Arabia are making great gains, though, and for that I am so grateful!

  75. Anon says:

    Im really pleased. I would love her too join a social networking site. I’m a Muslim and wear a veil too.

    • Anon says:

      I’m crying with happiness right now! I didt know you were in contact! Please Jean I’m mad about her. Could I get her direct email address I love her shes really inspires me. Please Let her know I’m in full time veil since I was very young just like her and reading her book has really changed my life. I realy wish i could meet her. I just wonder how brave She is. Mashallah. Please reply to my email address

      • Anon says:

        Sorry for bugging you. Just wanted to know that I have sent a letter to Will princess sultana be able to read my message and reply or will her daughters? 
        I would appreciate that alot as I’m dying to contact her and it would be a dream come true if i get a reply. I am her biggest fan! 

      • jeansasson says:

        Anon, can you please resent the letter??? THANKS! jEAN

      • anon says:

        Hi, I contacted you directly with the letter and you mentioned that you’d pass it on to her.
        I dont know if you want me to send it again?

      • jeansasson says:

        Hi Anon… Yes, I’m calling her this weekend and wanted to be able to have your letter in my hand so I could make sure she had read it and to get her comments. Now, I can’t find the letter in my file! This copy is for me, not for her…. So sorry to have to ask. Thanks so much, Jean

      • Anon says:

        Hi, I have emailed it to you just now.

      • jeansasson says:

        I still cannot find it. It must be going into spam? Did you send it to IF SO, was your email address the same as the one listed here on gmail??? I’m going to go and do a big search.

  76. anon says:

    Yes it the same gmail adress, You replied to my gmail account saying you’d recieved it.

    I really wanted her to read it.

    • jeansasson says:

      I see that I already sent it to her daughter Maha. I’m sorry. I will be calling her and will make sure she reads it when she is with her daughter. THANK YOU! Jean

      • anon says:

        Thank you so much Jean. I’m deeply appreciate that. I’ve just finished reading your second book in the princess sultana series and I’m curious to know how and when Maha stopped being an extremist?

  77. janstergirl says:

    I’ve read all three of the “Princess” books! I couldn’t put them down! I wish she would tweet, anyway. She might get mobbed on FB, because everyone would be asking questions!

  78. hzaf21 says:

    I remember reading Princess in my early teens and a part of the book just stayed with me; now as a 21 year old Muslim female I have read the trilogy many times over. Sometimes shocked, sometimes revolted by incidents occurring in the Princesses life, I was most of all elated that together you have both brought forth issues that needed addressing. I am a firm believer that if females of the world united we would be a force to be reckoned with, I think Princess Sultana is an incredibly brave lady for dedicating her life to women’s rights, a role model for us all. A fourth book would be amazing, I would love to know what the Princess is up to these days.

  79. Stacey van adder says:

    I would love to Facebook with her! She’s so strong, smart, & compassionate. I would love to hear from her in her own words. She is an inspiration to many people, I believe she would find a huge audience. Also, I would think she would find it beneficial as well. I understand Saudi Arabia is a rather closed country, which might sometimes make anyone feel secluded as well as isolated. This way she could communicate with people in every culture whether or not she chose to disclose to those she chatted with that she was THE Princess Sultana. I find it very therapeutic. Many times it is easier to chat with strangers, family & friends oftentimes are too judge mental.

  80. Anna says:

    I don’t use tweet but if Sultana is starting to use it I would love to follow her! I have read your books and I loved them, I think Sultana is very interesting character and her story/life in book was touching.

  81. Sarah says:

    I would LOVE to follow the princess on Twitter and Facebook! It’s a great idea! Right now I live in Al Ain, UAE but will be returning to Canada soon where all my friends and family where read your books and discuss the treatment of women EVERYWHERE in the world! I can’t wait for the new book!!

    • jeansasson says:

      Thanks, Sarah… I’ll let her know and we’ll stay busy with the 4th book. As far as Twitter & FB. I think she will be tweeting but not facebook(ing)… Talk later, Jean

  82. Lindsey says:

    I am so inspired by Princess Sultana’s story. Her character is so touching and a blog, Facebook or Twitter account would be wildly successful. Prayers from the frozen North! ❤

    • Anon says:

      Hi Jean. When will the 4th book be published?
      Also is princess sultana on twitter @ sultana.k.alsaud? Just wondering…

      • jeansasson says:

        Hi “Anon” – I don’t know — I have not finished writing it yet! (smile) But, there will be an announcement. And no, Sultana.k.alsaud is unknown to the princess and to me. Just another sultana I guess! Thanks for writing and stay in touch!

    • jeansasson says:

      Thanks, Lindsey… I agree with you completely. Where are you in the “Frozen North?”

      • Cynthia says:

        This is awesome!! I’ve read all 3 books twice and was consumed by the princesses story!! I admire her very much, and her stories touched me deeply.. I believe it was in her third book, where she mentions how Arab men often impress non Muslim women and then seem to change over night once they have conquered the woman’s heart.. I cried in that part.. For it happened to me and I remember feeling trapped and worthless.. I’m so thankful that I was able to stand up for myself and free myself from such a depressing life and relationship.. But I know that other women are not as lucky.. Words cannot express how thankful I am for what you and the princess are doing.. Not for myself, but for the thousand of other women who are trapped and cannot live a life of freedom.. She should definitely consider joining a social cite and I look forward to the 4th book!! 🙂

      • jeansasson says:

        Hi Cynthia, I’m really happy to read your message and to know that you were able to extricate yourself from an emotionally abusive relationship. I believe that the cultures are so different, and that expectations are also so different, that generally the marriages between westerners (men or women) and the cultures of Saudi Arabia and a few other countries is very very very hard on everyone — men and women. I do have some friends who are happily married to Saudis, but those are rare marriages.

        I thank you for your kind words and it makes me feel very good that Saudi Princess Sultana’s story does help other women. I’m about to get started writing the 4th book but it takes me a while to write the books and then the publisher(s) to print & distribute the books, so it will be a while! Please do stay in touch. J.

      • jeansasson says:

        Hey, I’m so glad to receive your message. I am sorry that you had a bad experience but delighted that you came through it a stronger person. You are right in that there are so many women who cannot escape bad relationships. I’ll be sure and ask the princess to read your note. For now, have a most lovely day, Cynthia…. Jean

  83. Simone Iberlin says:

    I will FB and tweet her she is very couragous

  84. jeansasson says:

    Thank you, Simone — and yes, she is one of the world’s most courageous women! She risked her life for her story to be told…

  85. Heidi says:

    I’m a huge fan of princess Sultana since the day her first book was printed in France. I think everyone should know how difficult it is to be a woman in Saudi Arabia. That’s why I often offer her books to my friends and family, so people may have an idea about what is going on there. Since her story, I read some other books that took place in the kingdom, and I was so surprised when, for the first time, a movie “wadjda”made by a woman in Saudi Arabia, was released and got a great success abroad. Things are slowly moving…Anyway, I would love to follow princess sultana on twitter, (I wish I could meet her some day), she is a very amazing woman ! I hope her family and her are doing well.

    • jeansasson says:

      Heidi, thank so much for your message. I will definitely print it up and pass it along to the princess to read. I only see her once a year, but when I do, I go with a box full of emails and messages from those who care about her, and the cause she carried alone for many years — happily, there are now other women in Saudi Arabia who are joining this cause of freedom for women in Saudi Arabia. You are right, things are moving slowly, but the fact they are moving at all is a big change for the kingdom. Let’s hope that one day females in Saudi Arabia will have complete freedom and will be considered equal to men. Thanks, again, Heidi! For you to pass the word about the women I write about is a sure-fire way of helping women everywhere. Bye for now! Jean Sasson

  86. Himani Khatavkar says:

    She must really FB or TWEET as I believe she has left me and many other girls mesmerizing and bedazzled on her bravery and dedication for women problems,and after reading her breathtaking stories she has left nothing accept for searching her on internet…please princess Sultana I would like to follow you and yes we need women like you nowadays..and really would actually love to follow her on tweeter… 🙂

    • jeansasson says:

      Thanks, Himani… It’s so nice to receive such messages. In fact, I saw the princess not long ago and I took her the notes from readers and she was so delighted. She is very brave, although she never thinks of herself that way.

      She is still not on TWITTER but hopefully soon — she has her daughter working on it.

      With very best wishes, Jean Sasson

      • Himani Khatavkar says:

        i heard about your upcoming 4th book….eagerly waiting for that…and yes being a part of her circle would be a dream come true for me… can you give some hints about the 4th book…please because i’am really excited to know whats next? 🙂 😉

      • jeansasson says:

        Hi Himani! Sorry for the delay in getting to you but I don’t receive any kind of message when someone comments and why that is, I do not know! So, I accidentally found your comment!

        ANYHOW, the 4th book will be titled PRINCESS SULTANA: More Tears to Cry (in the USA) and the UK title will be: PRINCESS: More Tears to Cry. This book will update interested readers on her life, and the lives of her children and NOW, three grandchildren. Additionally, there are 10 women in Saudi Arabia whose stories will be told — some will be positive and others negative, because that is the life for women in Saudi Arabia these days. Giant strives are being made under the rule of King Abdullah, who has really made an effort to push for women to live better lives. I recently met with Princess Sultana for 2 weeks to get the stories. I start writing next week. The book is due to my publisher in April 2014. The book will published September 2014. So, now you have it! (SMILE) I do thank you for caring about Princess Sultana and other women I write about. For now, have a most lovely day! Jean Sasson

      • Himani Khatavkar says:

        yup…thanx alot jean…i assure you that i’ll try to be the first buyer of ur 4th book..coz every book of ur i hav read sparks a fire inside me to be more courageous and fearless…thanx to u and to princess sultana who opened up her life to let us know what’s real and what’s not…well i hope lik mah last comment this will reach you too… 😉 😀

      • jeansasson says:

        Dear Himani, Thank you so much for your care and support. I’m blown away by your love for the books, Princess Sultana, and other women featured in her stories. Please do stay in touch! Jean

      • Himani Khatavkar says:

        yup..forsure…thanxx alot…

  87. Snowflake says:

    Dear Jean, I have now read almost all of your books and each one has impressed me deeply. The story of Princess Sultana above others – I truly admire her inner strength and courage to tell us her story. Because of her, a North European political scientist like me has been able to see a glimpse of a world we really don’t know anything about. As a woman I have learned through her story how similar we all women are, no matter our cultural or religious back grounds. We all love our children and want and need to be loved by our fathers, husbands and children. She is a real role model for me. Together we women need to make this world a better place for the generations to come and we need to unite in a sisterly love and compassion. I very much wish to hear recent news from the Princess and any ideas she has for us Western women on how we can help and better understand the women in the Middle East. On my opinion, these Muslim women you tell us about in your books show the kind of courage I have rarely seen. Please pass the Princess my sincere admiration, respect and wish to hear how life now with her and her family.

    • jeansasson says:

      Hi, SNOWFLAKE (or Sanna) (smile)

      Thanks for your very lovely note. Sorry I have been delayed in responding but I met the princess and that kept me busy for sometime — I am getting the information needed to write the 4th book about her life. I passed along your message and we are both so glad to learn that her story impacted your own life.

      Please do stay in touch!

      With warm regards, Jean

  88. Shizra says:

    Yes please tell her to blog or tweet!

  89. Winelle Teal says:

    Just finished reading the 3rd Book about Princess Sultana and was so moved with compassion and love for her and her entire family, but for you also that she would entrust you with sharing her life with the world. I don’t judge anyone’s religion, but seems the very thing they uphold is the thing that has brought down the women in that part of the world. I will soon be able to meet you at a function and look forward to it with great anticipation. You are a friend to my sister-in-law and she has spoken so kindly of you so many times. I look forward to reading all your other books as well as soon as I can get the bookstore to order them for me. I bought all 3 of the Princess Sultana books at one time and they had none of the others in stock or I would have purchased them too. I loved reading about her and it so inspired me to try to do something to improve the lives of women wherever I could. I have had a high interest in the treatment of women for many years. I would be so interested in getting more involved in her circle of friends. Would love, love to read book 4 and any other material about women and the treatment of them. Also, I am only on F/B but would be willing to any kind of social network with the Princess. While their treatment of women is brutal, I do believe all countries of the world have situations of ill treatment of women including the US.

    • jeansasson says:

      Hi Winelle! It was lovely to meet you at the function. I hope to see you again one day…

      I agree with everything you have said in this note.

      A warm hug and best wishes, Jean

  90. Sandra says:

    I enjoyed the book Princess and will likely read the others.
    I am amazed at how Westerners often transpose their own values onto other cultures.
    I would not recommend putting another human at risk in order to sate any curiosity.
    I think it is irresponsible and unappreciative of circumstance to ask such a thing.
    It would be o.k. if the princess initiated the request and felt a level of security in doing so.
    I choose to err on the side of caution and will not be jumping on the bandwagon with the rest of the cheer squad in case it exerts an undue pressure on the woman to put herself in danger.
    I have an interest in feminism and the lives of women around the world, I often read articles from the Saudi Gazette and I am confused by mixed messages about womens’ rights. I viewed a few other sites to check out the other books (not all were convinced of the story’s authenticity), so with respect to Jean Sasson, I believe that such a move would likely damage credibility as an author and be seen as an exploitative move to sell more books.

    • jeansasson says:

      Hi Sandra, I’m glad you read PRINCESS and hope you read other books I have written. I’m not quite sure what you mean about “such a move would likely damage credibility” at the end of your comment. Can you explain what you are referring to?

      Many thanks and have a lovely day, Jean

  91. Elena says:

    Hi, I was only 14 when I read the the whole series (Now 15). I loved it, not my type of books but thanks to you Princess Sultana and Jean Sasson, you opened me up to a whole new world. I learned a lot like the fact there are people my age that suffer injustice and mistreatment. Princess Sultana is a big inspiration to me. Jean could you please tell Sultana that she does have a huge effect on the world regarding these important issues of human rights. Can’t wait for the 4th book!!!!

    • jeansasson says:

      Elena, thank you for writing and for telling me this. It means a lot to me, and it will the princess when I read her your note.

      I’m about to start writing book 4 as I have been meeting with the princess to get all the info. Here we go! (smile)

      For now, have a lovely day, Jean

    • jeansasson says:

      Kathie, I’m so happy that you managed to escape with your beautiful daughters so that they would grow up feeling valued and loved. Any culture who does not value their females will suffer as a result and never be the great culture it could be. At least this is my humble opinion. I’m always aghast at how anyone can justify denying 50% of their population the right to live in dignity. What are men without women? NOTHING. Men need women, just as women need men. But somewhere along the line of human development, women were pushed down in status to that of the work animals. Although there are many wonderful men in the world, there are just as many men who feel themselves elevated above all women, only because their genitals are swinging outside the body, while women’s genitals are neatly packed inside the body. Both sexes are important, but all men and societies and cultures and religions MUST acknowledge the importance of women. When men don’t have women, they go crazy looking for a woman. That is happening in China where so many girl babies have been either aborted in the womb, OR murdered after birth. Now there is a shortage and men are going crazy — yet, who suffers the most? Women, because men are going across the countryside now kidnapping women for brides, someone to rape and someone to do their housework and raise their children. ANYHOW, I’m on my soapbox as this topic of abused females drives ME crazy and when I get started, it is hard to stop me! I congratulate you for escaping with your daughters and now you see, they have a good life with men who know their tremendous value.

  92. Sarah says:

    That would be amazing. I actually live in Saudi and am currently blogging on both my positive and negative experiences in the country. it would be amazing to get through to her… i keep hoping of magically meeting her!

    • jeansasson says:

      Sarah, you never know. Things are opening up (for some people at least) in Saudi Arabia. Before long I believe that women will be meeting together to discuss the issues without having to worry about going to prison for speaking their mind! She will certainly participate when the time is right. I have a dream of her being able to come out and meet people without worrying that her actions will harm her children and/or grandchildren’s lives. The future looks bright! Thank you so much for writing to me!

      • Sarah says:

        Your welcome and thank you for responding and being my source of inspiration in all this. Saudi has come a long way and it makes me happy to see women now working in shops and public places. However, the problem of saudization has hit people hard,
        I hope the very best for the princess’ and look forward to meeting her in the day she can safely reveal her identity. That will definitely be a historical moment,

      • jeansasson says:

        Hi Sarah, You are so welcome — I thank you, as you thank me. It takes time to write in to an author and it means a lot to me when readers to this.

        Indeed, I know that some things are improving for Saudi women and that makes me so happy. I have some friends who have been adversely affected by Saudization, so I know what you mean.

        I’ll pass on your note to the princess. I just spent some time with her and she is as feisty and determined as ever!

        Many thanks, Jean

  93. adriana tebes says:

    Como es ahora la vida de sultana?

  94. Kathie says:

    Yes I agree with all the aforementioned and eagerly await more from you and hopefully one day the Princess.

    Back in 1972 I married a wonderful man born in Greece. At the time I was living in Australia where he had been raised in a tight Greek community. When I became pregnant I wanted to returnto the US for the birth. Unfortunately for us I had a daughter and another three years later. My husbands culture was too strong and we divorced and he never has seen the girls. I am so proud of my beautiful and smart daughters and happy that their husbands are good American raised men who respect them as women.

  95. Mariam Cassim says:

    Please advise me on how to buy all your books.I have not been able to buy a few of them.Please inform me on any other good books to buy.I absolutely love all your books that I managed to buy.The princess has been an inspiration in my life and has helped me to bring up my daughters.I am now a grandmother of 5.I bought princess in Thailand on holiday when it was just released.Thank You.

  96. Anna S says:

    I read and then reread all three books when I was 17 (23 now), recommended them to all my friends and they loved them too! Up until a few months ago my ideas about my future were all over the place. A random series of events fuelled me into wanting to work for womens human rights worldwide; I always thought it would be something I did aside to having a ‘proper’ career. Last year I drastically changes my intended career path as I knew I would only ever be truly happy if I was working for womens rights. I’m currently enrolled in a womens rights and development MSc and work with various womens rights groups. It was your books, among others, that triggered my desire to spend my life working towards improving the lives of women worldwide. I hope I fulfil this someday 🙂

    The stories of the women in the Princess trilogy inspired me and still do and I hope they affect others as much as they have done me!

    • jeansasson says:

      My dear Anna, What a beautiful message to read. It was always Princess Sultana’s desire that other girls and women would be inspired to spend their lives helping women. The fact that her story has inspired you means more than you’ll ever know. I do so hope that you stay in touch and keep us updated as to your career and life path. Your e-mails would be greatly welcome. Anytime you wish to send a private message, please feel free to write to me at For now, here is wishing that 2014 is a great year for you!

  97. Anna S says:

    Yes, I am always happy to share updates on my work! I work primarily for an anti-forced marriage group in the UK and also an international womens rights organisation. I hope you have a happy and productive new year also. I don’t think I could process into words the meaning of my first message; but in a nutshell, after reading the stories in Princess, I could never get such human rights violations out of mind. Your books were the first and because of this, one of the most pivotal factors in determining my decision to pursue this type of work.

    Best of luck of your future works!

    • jeansasson says:

      Dear Anna, It sounds to me like you are doing very important work. It’s marvelous to “meet” someone who is passionate about helping other women. I’m so very pleased that Princess Sultana’s life made a difference in your own life, and now, you will make a difference in so many other lives. It’s the circle of life, as they say!

      I hope to hear from you again, Jean

  98. sarah says:

    Hi !!! I just wanted to ask you if you have heard about Princess Alnoud wife of the king? She seems to have story too about her children being under house arrest . Is this true?

  99. Qaadirah Mohammed says:

    My mom gave me “Princess” to read yesterday and I have just finished reading it. As a young Muslim woman growing up in a Western society I took for granted the freedom afforded by my government and even though I knew of the ridiculous restrictions placed on woman in Saudi I never much considered the plight of my fellow Muslim sisters. I feel truly disgusted that men who claim to be the trustees of Islam could treat women so abhorringly especially when Islam holds women in the highest regard. A huge thanks to Sultana for taking the risk of telling her story, I would very much like to hear more from her

  100. victorianur says:

    and this? it is not true either? A video where they say the are like prisioners and their father is responsable:

  101. Jean Sasson says:

    I’m hearing otherwise from someone in the know. I’m hearing that they are not starving although they are not allowed to travel. Also, the article says they haven’t had food or water in 30 days. Something bad is happening but they must be getting food or water as no one can live for 30 days without water although they can live without food. But without food for 30 days, they would be too weak to sit up and speak. The article is saying that they are saving bits and pieces of food, but if there is no food, where is the food coming from. I am not saying that either say is being truthful or untruthful. And, I also believe that they should be able to leave and join their mother in the UK. Unless one is there though, it is very difficult to figure out exactly what is going on with conflicting reports. I do know that in SA, NO ONE, man or woman, can go public and say things that upset their guardians, in this case their father — I hate the guardian system in SA, which makes such things possible. I doubt seriously they are being denied food and water, but they are not allowed to travel. I don’t know if his brothers will carry on with this injustice or not as he is very old and no one lives forever. There is a great hatred between the two parties and neither one will give in. He has all the power, as ALL men have power over their women in SA. I’m waiting for further information…

    • Kat Canfield says:

      Thank you, Jean, for finding this information and giving some additional truth to it. There is always more to the story than what is reported. I am putting this information out in my blog to help bring attention to it. I included your comment at the very beginning to add context. I also will show how blessed we are to live in a country where women have freedom. Thanks, again.

  102. victorianur says:

    Thank you for your answer Jean! I would say: we don´t need to wait until they really starve to death to decide this is unjust and cruel. They are thin enough in a land where, I hear, diabetes and obesity are rampant (how boring and unhealthy must be to be in golden cages and to have sport for girls discouraged…). What is this ¨they must have some food¨ reasoning….if only ONCE they were denied a meal, that is already cruel and abusive! The only fact they cannot travel, go or do what they want is already a violation of human rights!!! how much are we willing to tolerate the abuse of others and justify it?

    • jeansasson says:

      The problem is this: We are nearly helpless. And, anytime the media or the public announce their words, the father will be even more harsh against them. None of us can make a man in Saudi Arabia do anything he does not want to do. The harder we push, the harsher their punishment. I’m like everyone else, I am very upset but am trying to figure out what we might do to help any of the women in Saudi Arabia. You are right that any woman, these princesses or others, who are abused by a man is suffering under the most cruel situation. I don’t want to tolerate any woman being abused, whether in Saudi Arabia, the USA, or the Congo… It’s just that none of us can demand for the king to do the right thing — he won’t listen or care. I would write about it on my blog, but it would only increase their punishments — at some point they will probably never be heard of again and we won’t know if they are dead or alive. I don’t have the power to get them out — my princess friend(s) do not have the power. Most likely they would be locked up with these daughters IF they dare to criticize… Believe me, IF the president of the United States or the prime minister of Germany were to ask him to release them, he would totally ignore them. This is a BAD situation and nearly impossible to change it. Some of the princesses close to these girls say that it is not nearly as bad as they are saying; yet, you are right — any punishment is uncalled for — a bad divorce and bitterness between their mother and father should not be taken out on the daughters. When the mother left the kingdom, she should have known he would be vindictive — she had the power at that moment when they could travel to take them with her — it was a mistake on her part but of course, she probably never dreamed this would be the result. They will probably die there in their rooms and I can’t think of a single person in the world who can “make” this king let those girls go. It’s a tragic truth that I deal with every day of my life and I feel so very sad and powerless…

  103. victorianur says:

    If anyone watches the series ¨¨Game of thrones¨, in the last aired chapter, where Daenerys goes to conquer the slave city Meeren, she speaks directly to the slaves. She says: ¨I was in 2 other slave cities and those who were enslaved are now standing behind me, FREE. I´m here to give you a choice, and to give your masters what they deserve¨ (and throws slave collars into the city). I dream of the day a Daenerys will arrive to the women-slave states in the Middle East.

  104. jeansasson says:

    You are right — I tried to push women in the Middle East to rebel and to join forces to fight against the injustice and it was nearly impossible to get a group together — SOME women in Saudi Arabia are now working for freedom and it is greatly enlightening and wonderful. But for the most part, they are too afraid that they will have their children taken from them if they fight against the men. Don’t forget, too, that many women in the area are as harsh against other women as the men are — it is an extremely complicated issue to get women to work together against the unfair rules used against them all….

  105. jeansasson says:

    AND, most of what I got was people criticizing me, telling me, “Who are you to criticize our system?” Basically I was told (mainly by westerners believe it or not) how dare I criticize — I always thought it was my absolute DUTY to fight against tyrants no matter where they were found. So we share very similar feelings, but when it comes to the MIDDLE EAST, no man can be shamed because the vast majority of the men there agree with this kind of treatment of women and about half the women, from my own observations, also agree that women should be ruled by men.

  106. victorianur says:

    Dear Jean, you are already doing a great deal, by writing and giving voices to women inside the cage. Thank you for that and for your thorough and vulnerable answer. Sometime humans react only when pushed to the limit. Obviously the limit there has not arrive, or…maybe they need more outside help? They have been brought up to think like the do, there is the issue of comfort and fear. And also this issue: I´m sure many western men don´t worry too much about their situation either! They very likely secretly wish they could also have 4 wives, lovers without much consequences and power over us. A bit of envy at the muslim men on that area. So I agree is a complicated situation…

    • jeansasson says:

      Thank you, Victorianur–thank you — you are so right in what you are saying. It puts it all in perspective… I thank you and I’m sure my readers thank you…

  107. plz plz tell her to make a twitter account im so obsessed with her i want to meet her some day but i dont know if it is possible but plz plz tell her to make an account on twitter or any where

    • jeansasson says:

      I have asked her and she promised to do so, but she has not yet… I’ll let everyone know when she finally gets her TWITTER account up and running.

      Fingers crossed! Thanks for caring, Jean

      • Avin says:

        Hi Jean!! I really loved the books “princess” and “princess daughters” (i have only read those two for now..)
        Thank you for writing them!!! I will read more your books when I get to.

        How will I know when Sultana has her twitter account?? This is my email
        I am a big fan of yours!!!!


  108. Avin says:

    Does she have twitter already?? I would LOVE to follow her!!!!

  109. Cristina says:

    Hi Ms. Sasson,
    I just finished reading your first book about Princess Sultana and it was a very eye opening experience. I’m a high school English teacher and I am going to use your book in my 9th grade English class next Spring. I think it is very important for people to realize the injustices around the world and to take a stand against them. I am currently putting a unit together to go along with this book and if you have any resources or links that I can use I would greatly appreciate it. I’m specifically looking for speeches (made by kings if possible) and/or any other primary source material. Also, if Princess Sultana joins Twitter I know that my students would absolutely love to read her tweets and be connected to her.

    Thank you!

    • jeansasson says:

      Hi Cristina, I’m so pleased that the true story of Princess Sultana inspires so many students… Thank you for introducing your students to important books that reveal the lives of so many worldwide and the challenges others face.

      Cristina, I recommend that you go to the websites of Middle Eastern embassies (such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, etc.) If you will browse through the websites you will find speeches made by the various kings — also, if you will google the names of the various kings and/or Emirs, you will find the ruler’s personal websites which will also provide invaluable information (speeches, facts, histories)… Please feel free to take anything you find of interest off any of my social media. (This blog, for example) as well as my FB and Twitter pages, also my: Ask.FM/jeansasson, and so on. I hope that this helps. IF you have questions along the way, please feel free to write to me at and I will respond. For now, I wish you and your students a HAPPY NEW YEAR. ALSO, if your students have any questions, they should feel free to write to me at this e-mail address I have given, or, to the publisher’s address: and I will respond from there, as well.

  110. Ana says:

    I read in “more tears to cry” that sultana’s father was in a very critical health status in order to his old age, and in “princess: secrets to share” he seems get worse. Is he still alive?

    • jeansasson says:

      Hi Ana, Please do re-read one of the last chapters in SECRETS and you will learn the outcome of her father’s illness.

      What language did you read the book in? I’m wondering if the ending of that saga was edited out! I hope not! Write and let me know, please.

      Thanks, again, Jean

  111. Cynthia Francis says:

    Hi Jean Sasson:) I’m a huge fan. My mother was the first one to start reading the Princess and eventually the chain continued as she passed it down to me. For the last three years I’ve picked your new releases as her birthday present! I’ve been pondering on a few questions for a very long time since childhood, ever since I started reading, and I want to address them to princess sultana.
    1. How do you see men? Your life’s journey has been surrounded by them and you’ve seen their different shades. I’m 20 and I’m an Indian. The social injustices, denial of rights, the increasing incidents of rape, that you’ve mentioned in your latest book are true. I personally don’t know how to see men. I’d like to take your advice.
    2. Will you ever reveal your identity?
    3. Who would you like to take over after you amongst your three children?
    4. This is more of a fan moment….. can you please sign in your next book or can I get your autograph 🙂

    • jeansasson says:

      Sorry for the delay Cynthia — I’ve been traveling and just returned and still behind on everything, and most certainly on social media. But, I thank you so much for writing and for your very kind note. Cynthia, I will be more than happy to pass your questions along to the princess, but cannot guarantee a response. As you know, it is Ramadan at the moment (until early July) and I rarely hear from her during this month. I know for sure that one day she will reveal her identity, but when will depend upon what is happening inside her country and if such information would cause harm to her children. As far as whom she would like to take over, she loves all her children and wants her children and grandchildren to be a part of the great struggle for women’s rights all over the world, not just in Saudi Arabia. EDUCATION is her goal for all young people of the world. I doubt seriously if she will ever sign books — she just does not do that kind of thing. But, that is her decision, of course. As far as your first question, we’ll have to wait for her response as I have never heard her give a blanket condemnation of men, nor, a sweeping approval of all men. If she is like the rest of us, most likely she judges each person, male or female, on their personal merits, but as said, she must answer this question. For now, here’s wishing you a most lovely day, and IF you do not mind, please resend your note to this site mid-July… Talk to you later, I hope! Jean Sasson

  112. Cynthia Francis says:

    • Pati says:

      Dear Jean,
      I just finished reading Your last book
      I hope You, Princess Sultana and her braves daughters are fine.
      I hope that someday Princess Sultana will not have to be anonymous and will can to say hello to a huge crowd of beloved her women all over the world.

      Kind Regards,

  113. Pati says:

    Dear Jean,
    I just finished reading Your last book
    I hope You, Princess Sultana and her braves daughters are fine.
    I hope that someday Princess Sultana will not have to be anonymous and will can to say hello to a huge crowd of beloved her women all over the world.

    Kind Regards,

  114. Vanessa says:

    I’ll follow her definitly, I’m so impressed, and I’m a muslim to I live in a small country and we have the same traditions.
    I hope she and her family are fine.

    Kind Regards,

  115. Vanessa says:

    -I’m impressed by your books about Princess Sultana. I’m from a
    small country and my country had similar problems they always put
    males first, that was because of the same religion and their “closed
    minded” but now in XXI things changed a lot. But I still remember
    stories of my grandmothers. In every part of the books I was her and
    sometimes stories made me cry. I’ve read 5 parts of books and Princess Sultana impressed me a lot. I
    just want to know her she’s incredible, but I know its impossible but
    please tell her If she can reply my e-mail, I’ll be so honored.

    -Kind regards

  116. mistyfan says:

    I was worried when I read about how Dr Meena’s father almost buried her alive when she was a baby. Do some Saudis still do that despite it being banned by Islam and not been a common practice for centuries? Your latest Princess book indicates that Saudi women are still affected by it, so do men still use it as a threat, as Ali did?

    • jeansasson says:

      I heard about a father burying his teenage daughter alive in DUBAI two or three years ago and the mother tried to get him charged with murder and could not. So, while it is RARE, it does still occur as so many men in that area believe that they have the right to murder any female of the family. But, I believe that things are changes and soon such men will be charged with the serious crime and that should help to eliminate this horror. Of course, many things happen unseen making it difficult to seek justice..

  117. Conny says:

    After 20 years I started reading her books again. it’s still amazing what she tells. It would be so great to get updates from Sultana personally regularly, especially considering the changes that are going on in Saudi Arabia. I hope she and her family are well, my respect for her persevering courage.

    • jeansasson says:

      Thanks so much, Conny – I will pass your note on to the princess’ daughter who lives in Europe and who passes communication on to her mother when I cannot get in touch with her (the princess & I only speak when she is out of the kingdom). It’s lovely to hear from you — Also, not sure how many books you have read but there are a total of 6 books in the PRINCESS Trilogy — The 6th book information will be posted on this site within a few weeks and it will be for sale in October. For now, have a most lovely day!

      • Conny says:

        I did notice, yes. Can’t wait to see what has happened to Sultana. Actually, the news from Saudi Arabia was the reason why I picked up her books again. I was wondering what she makes of it, considering the fact that activists are still imprisoned while women are allowed to drive.
        I first read her books in German, it was my Mum who told me about her. She would be excited to read the last 3 too. Unfortunately they’re not in print in German yet?


    • jeansasson says:

      Hi! This is Jean Sasson — Thanks for asking such an important question. IN FACT, when I was interviewing Princess Sultana for the 6th book in the series, none of the warning signs had appeared regarding the new Crown Prince. Then, the publisher released the book about the same time that the murder of Jamal (Journalist) occurred — then, many young Saudi activists were arrested (male and female and even some children). In light of this disappointing turn, the princess and I talked once again, and we asked the UK publisher to please accept new material for the paperback to be released within a few months from now. In this new paperback, the princess and I have added material that is included in the back of the book, telling how the new Crown Prince has shown such brutal behavior and her disappointment in the outcome. Her hopes were high. Her hopes were dashed. I hope you get a copy of the paperback so that you can see how this all changed. Once again, thanks for your very important query…

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