Love and Culture Clash in the Heart of the Middle East in New Memoir from SBPRA

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Dr. Rachel Hajar recounts her life in Doha, Qatar after leaving behind her Western ways for her husband's culture, and her journey to become a successful woman in a patriarchal society.

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"Dr. Rachel Hajar has written a fascinating and remarkable account of what it means to blend two cultures." - Robert Fletcher, CEO of Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Agency"

Raised a Catholic, Dr. Rachel Hajar left behind her Western ways, plunging into her new husband’s world of faith, manners, and traditions to live in Doha, Qatar.

Unlike anything she had ever experienced, Rachel describes her first encounter with the black veil as well as meeting her in-laws. She takes us through the colorful city market, introduces us to Qatari customs and Islamic holidays, shares personal anecdotes, and discusses the history and literature surrounding incense, the Islamic call to prayer, festivals, and so much more. "My Life in Doha: Between Dream and Reality" is Dr. Rachel Hajar’s memoir of her remarkable life in the heart of Arab-Islamic culture and society.

When she left her homeland in the Philippines to pursue medical training in the United States, Rachel fell in love with a young Qatari poet-physician who was also training to be a cardiologist. Their life together blends two cultures and incredibly transcends the ordinary, becoming totally extraordinary. With a physician’s observant eye for detail, Rachel brings a dreamlike world into sharp focus. "My Life in Doha: Between Dream and Reality" is a love story, the tale of a woman’s success in a traditionally patriarchal culture.

About the Author: Rachel Hajar, M.D., is a cardiologist and Director of Publications and Executive Coordinator for Research at Heart Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation in Doha, Qatar. She is editor-in-chief of Heart Views and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. She is married to a Qatari cardiologist, the former Minister of Health in Qatar. For more about the author and her work, visit:

MY LIFE IN DOHA: BETWEEN DREAM AND REALITY (ISBN: 978-1-60976-591-0) is available for $16.50 and can be ordered through the publisher’s website:
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