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“Dana Sabah, an Egyptian academic whose thesis studied unmarried women in Jordan, said Abdel-Aal's book "gave a voice to the girls who were suffering a real, yet intangible pressure - something that was there and felt but couldn't really be spoken of.”
“How is it that someone comes to meet you in the salon, and then by the third visit you have to be ready to talk about the dowry, wedding jewelry and date for a wedding?" said Ghada Abdel-Aal, the author who inspired the sitcom with a blog and book by the same name, based largely on her own experiences.”
“I Want to Get Married," both the TV show and Abdel-Aal's 2008 book, is a defiant defense of a woman's right to be picky.”
“Many women came up to me after I wrote the book to say they saw themselves in the main character," Abdel-Aal said.”
“Abdel-Aal, who says she's still hoping to marry, said the show brought her criticism for being "crass" for showing women, expected to be modest and let their families handle the process of their engagement, making demands for their spouse.”
“If Ola's goal was just to get married, she would have accepted the first man to enter her life," the 30-year-old (and unmarried) Abdel-Aal said of her main character.”
“The law should be kept in place during the transition "in case some external elements come into the country," Aal says, "to preserve security.”
“Sometimes the conditions impose that security laws be implemented, says Medhat Abdel Aal, 43, an Egyptian former chief financial officer for Toyota Saudi Arabia.”
“But just the fact that he came here without any protection, like an average man, this is good credit for him," said Ashraf Abdel Aal, 45, a protester who witnessed Sharaf's speech.”
“Ashraf Abdel Aal, 45, watched the speech and said he was doubtful whether Sharaf could accomplish that.”
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