Dr. Qanta Ahmed is a Pakistani Muslim woman raised in London and trained in four medical specialties in the United States. This is her personal two year quest and journey deep into the Islamic world of Saudi Arabia, where she lived and worked as a doctor, practicing and operating in one of Riyad's modern and advanced new hospitals. There she experiences and observes the customs, traditions, and often oppressive practices in one of the worlds most oppressive societies. She treated Bedouin men and women, their sun blasted faces just as Lawrence looked upon, as well as a coterie of Saudi scions, sky high on coke. It is there that women are made invisible, dressed in abbayahs, black dresses that cover them so that only their eyes are visible through the slits of their veiled faces. She vividly evokes a world where women are not only not allowed to drive, but are not permitted to wear seatbelts because they make their breasts more prominent. Nor can women shop alone, and when they visit stores that sell the products of Victoria's Secret all the people they encounter are men. She meets the religious police, the mottawas, clerics who are appointed by the Committee for the Protection against Vice and the Promotion of Virtue, who patrol every public place legislating segregation and prayer. She works side by side with Wahabi scholars, physicians who seem to shun her even in clinical contact. She tells about her encounters with sexism, racism, anti-Semitism, sycophancy, and even meets a Holocaust denier, a brilliant US trained physician. In the meantime, she describes medicine more exotic than she could ever imagine. Repeatedly, too, she finds beauty and tenderness where and when she would least expect it: at the tattered, curled edges of extremism, with resilient humanity within other Saudis, both men and women. And finally, she goes on a Hajj, and journeys to Mecca with 2.5 million other Muslims, a pilgrimage required by every able-bodied Muslim in his or her lifetime. The journey is life changing for her and her commitment to the Muslim faith. Just as Azar Nafisi brings alive what it means to live in Iran in Reading Lolita in Tehran, Dr. Ahmed reveals the mysteries that shroud the exotic and strange world of Saudi Arabia.