25 June 2011

Women's Driving Protest May Signal Changes in Saudi Arabia

Women's Driving Protest May Signal Changes in Saudi Arabia, by Isobel Coleman (Washington Post, 24 June 2011)

Excerpt:
Saudi restrictions on women are not going to melt away. More likely, a growing middle-class acceptance of women’s rights, promoted by activists, business leaders, educators, journalists and even moderate religious leaders, will exacerbate the long-simmering tensions between tradition and modernity, between fundamentalist and moderate Islam, that have gripped Saudi society for decades. Why? Because control over women is at the heart of the harsh version of Islam that Saudi theocracy imposes on the country.
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