رجاء الصانع Rajāʾ al-Ṣāniʿ
|Born||1981 (age 32–33)
|Residence||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
|Education||Dental graduate student|
|Known for||Writing Girls of Riyadh (بنات الرياض Banāt al-Riyāḍ)|
|Home town||Riyadh, Saudi Arabia|
Rajaa al-Sanea (رجاء بنت عبد الله الصانع Rajāʾ bint ʿAbdallāh al-Ṣāniʿ; born 1981) is a Saudi writer who became famous through her novel Girls of Riyadh (بنات الرياض Banāt al-Riyāḍ). The book was first published in Lebanon in 2005 and in English in 2007. The book was long-listed for the Dublin Literary Award in 2009.
Al-Sanea grew up in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the daughter of a family of doctors. She received her bachelor's degree in Dentistry from King Saud University in 2005.
Her novel and lifestyle have caused controversy especially among the conservative sections of the Saudi society but more liberal-minded individuals considered her a role model.
- Rajaa Alsanea's Official Website
- Interviews "The Girls of Riyadh" Author Rajaa Alsanea
- Court Rejects Case Against Rajaa Alsanea
- "Sex and the Saudi Girl" feature in The Times 8 July 2007
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