A Catholic Pilipino woman marries an Islamic Arab. She then must wear a hijab and learn the intricacies of Muslim pray and culture. 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.