Here we go again. Two women have been arrested in Saudi Arabia for the crime of driving.
Yeah: only in Saudi Arabia. But, why?
We all know Saudi women (and girls) who have driven cars in the kingdom — albeit on “private property”. That is, the female offspring of royalty have been driving cars, jeeps, motorcycles (whatever) on their families’ estates for decades.
To get to the basics: there’s no prohibition in the Qu’ran against women drivers. All other countries (Muslim-majority included) permit both sexes to drive.
It’s time for Saudi Arabia to drop this farcical prohibition.
It has always seemed strange to me that many in the Muslim world continue to relegate half the population to the shadows.
Yes, I’m talking about the role of women — and that’s especially true in places such as Saudi Arabia, “with rigid cultural attitudes and restrictions on women that include preventing them from driving”.
The New York Times has waded into the fray with this piece: “A Conundrum for Saudis: Women at Work”.
What’s your take? Will the kingdom eventually realize that at least half its future depends on its women?
According to a report by Reuters, Pope Francis (the leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics) said yesterday (November 30, 2014) that equating Islam with violence was wrong and called on Muslim leaders to issue a global condemnation of terrorism to help dispel the stereotype.
During a trip to Turkey, the pope also opined that the Islamic State was committing a “profoundly grave sin against God” with its actions in Syria and Iraq.
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An article by Vanessa Friedman in this week’s New York Times discusses the Islamic Fashion Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Such events have always puzzled me. If the objective of the “cover your hair” dictate for women is to promote modesty, how in the world can purposefully drawing attention to oneself carry out that directive?