From the ordinary to the extraordinary, the quotidian to the sublime, in forty-five short stories Layla Al Oheideb's collection A Transbarent Black Shirt explores what it means to be a Muslim woman in contemporary Middle Eastern society.
By turns moving, evocative, outrageous, exhilarating, contemplative and funny, Al Oheideb presents the reader with vignettes from perspectives of both power and submission, reflects on how technology is changing life for Middle Eastern women, considers how the relationship between the sexes is slowly coming into question as the region decides upon its reconciliation with aspects of modernity, throughout demonstrating her great power as a writer.
Laila Al-Ahedib was born Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia, in 1965. She is a short story writer, novelist, and literary critic as well as being a member of the Women's Committee at the Riyadh Literary Club. Laila held the position of Director of the Educational Media Department in Riyadh Education from 2000 to 2015 and is Professor of Arabic Literature at the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Rome Sapienza in Italy.