Jeff gets another no-prize for bringing this sadly common story of a woman's experience trying to separate from a Saudi husband.
The story itself lead me to do some digging, and I'm happy to say I managed to find the most informative little document on the Kingdom I've ever read, Marriage to Saudis. Really, if you don't follow any other link on this site, follow Marriage. It is a total eye-opener, a cultural primer from the ground up.
Actually tracks very well with the way my mom describes her Arabic "baby docs." Mom works at a teaching hospital as a critical care nurse. Old time doctors learn early on one does not mess with one's nursing staff, most especially one's critical care nursing staff ("Top Gun" nurses). Her stories of "potty training" new doctors are always entertaining, but they are especially colorful when the subject is a new Arab doctor.