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Everything is Haram is the story of what happens when an independent American woman is thrust into a culture where women are subjugated by men, religion, ancient traditions and even their own peers.Haram means forbidden in Arabic, and there is no shortage of things that fall under this distinction. Running in public is haram, dating is haram: and mingling with men who aren Everything is Haram is the story of what happens when an independent American woman is thrust into a culture where women are subjugated by men, religion, ancient traditions and even their own peers.Haram means forbidden in Arabic, and there is no shortage of things that fall under this distinction. Running in public is haram, dating is haram: and mingling with men who aren't your husband, brother, father, uncle or son can land you in jail or worse. Dogs are haram, so is eyebrow plucking. Tribal mandates, strict Wahhabi edicts and monstrous sandstorms: all apocalyptic over Western senses. Yasmina, a non-religious feminist, moves Saudi to help grow an English program, hoping to have a positive impact on university women. She builds a relationship with these young women who are hidden from the world. Yasmina engages in many haram activities, some willingly and others unknowingly, until the unthinkable happens....over and over again.


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Everything is Haram is the story of what happens when an independent American woman is thrust into a culture where women are subjugated by men, religion, ancient traditions and even their own peers.Haram means forbidden in Arabic, and there is no shortage of things that fall under this distinction. Running in public is haram, dating is haram: and mingling with men who aren Everything is Haram is the story of what happens when an independent American woman is thrust into a culture where women are subjugated by men, religion, ancient traditions and even their own peers.Haram means forbidden in Arabic, and there is no shortage of things that fall under this distinction. Running in public is haram, dating is haram: and mingling with men who aren't your husband, brother, father, uncle or son can land you in jail or worse. Dogs are haram, so is eyebrow plucking. Tribal mandates, strict Wahhabi edicts and monstrous sandstorms: all apocalyptic over Western senses. Yasmina, a non-religious feminist, moves Saudi to help grow an English program, hoping to have a positive impact on university women. She builds a relationship with these young women who are hidden from the world. Yasmina engages in many haram activities, some willingly and others unknowingly, until the unthinkable happens....over and over again.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Jessie MacKenzie

    A Western Female always viewed as a stranger in a strange land Interesting story about a n American female teachers joy and dismay at the restrictive Saudi mores that tried to rob the joy of living from her soul until she couldn't live in that repressive society anymore. It wasn't worth losing her identity for a paycheck . A Western Female always viewed as a stranger in a strange land Interesting story about a n American female teachers joy and dismay at the restrictive Saudi mores that tried to rob the joy of living from her soul until she couldn't live in that repressive society anymore. It wasn't worth losing her identity for a paycheck .

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