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Saudi Reforms Thwarted By Puritanical Laws

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 12.17.2011 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

The Saudi monarch's decree to give women voting rights for municipal elections in 2015 was generally welcomed as a giant step on the road to reform. However, the celebration could be premature.

Hurrah for Saudi Women and Their King!

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 12.05.2011 | World
Terry Kelhawk

American women take for granted, and sometimes even bemoan, the soccer-mom type need for driving themselves and others around on errands. Yet for years, my Saudi friends in America have held out this commonplace activity as a hope.

Saudi Women Owe Voting Rights to Arab Spring

Sabria Jawhar | Posted 11.26.2011 | World
Sabria Jawhar

To say that Saudi King Abdullah's decree to give women the right to vote and become Shoura Council members is a historic moment would be an understatement. The women's suffrage movement is only part of the story.

#Tal3mrak: A Hashtag Challenges Saudi Arabian King

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 10.31.2011 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Saudi Arabia will sooner or later have to confront what seems to be a shift in popular dissent, if not in the streets, then online.

Saudi 'Suffragettes' Stifled by Religion and Politics

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 08.22.2011 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

The seemingly innocuous problem of women's right to drive presents a dilemma for the Saudi monarchy and a threat capable of rocking its theological foundations.

Women Retake Islam: The Prophet -- And My Mother -- Would Be Proud

Kamran Pasha | Posted 08.20.2011 | Religion
Kamran Pasha

The Prophet may have been too advanced for the mindset of 7th-century men, but his compassion for women is exactly the model that Muslims in the 21st century need to emulate today.

TIME Talks With A Saudi Woman Behind The Wheel

TIME | Aryn Baker | Posted 08.17.2011 | World

Maha al Qatani settles herself in the driver's seat, adjusts her headscarf, and with a quick prayer turns the key in the ignition. “I'm not nervous,...

Laura Stampler

Saudia Arabian Women Launch Campaign For Right To Drive -- But Will It Make A Difference? | Laura Stampler | Posted 08.17.2011 | Women

Saudi Arabian “freedom drivers” plan to take to the streets friday -- in their cars. It’s the official start of the Women2Drive campaign, in whi...

Saudi Women Begin Challenge To Driving Ban

AP | BRIAN MURPHY | Posted 08.17.2011 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A Saudi woman defiantly drove through the nation's capital Friday while others brazenly cruised by police patrols ...

The Case for Women Driving in Saudi Arabia

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 08.15.2011 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

As there is nothing in Sharia that prohibits women from driving then would it be right for us as adherers of Islam to prohibit a matter which God has allowed?

Women Banned From Upcoming Saudi Elections

Posted 05.28.2011 | World

RIYADH (Reuters) - Women in Saudi Arabia will not be allowed to vote in the long-delayed municipal elections to be held in September, the election...

REVEALED: The Unexpected Location Of Wild Parties Named By WikiLeaks

AP | BRIAN MURPHY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The DJ had the dance floor rocking. The bartender served up a special vodka punch. The host was a prince – c...

Saudi Women Deserve a Sporting Chance

Martha Burk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Martha Burk

This week marks the five-month countdown to the 39th anniversary of Title IX, the law prohibiting discrimination in educational programs receiving federal tax dollars, including sports.

Let's Hear It for the Unappreciated Heroes of 2010

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Johann Hari

In the endless whirr of 24/7 corporate news, the people who actually make a difference are often trampled in the stampede to the next forgettable news-nugget like Lady Gaga's meat-dress. Let's look at five people who deserved more attention.

What's Up Saudi? The Kingdom Insists on Keeping Women in the Stone Age

Anushay Hossain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anushay Hossain

What's up, Saudia Arabia? Did anyone tell you it is the year 2010 and you can stop with your ludicrous rulings and the continuous scaling back of women's rights and more specifically, their mobility?

Taking Offense to Saudi Arabia's 'Reform Offensive'

Sabria Jawhar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sabria Jawhar

I am impatient with the pace of change in Saudi society, but the Jerusalem Post's Op-Ed dismissing the kingdom's civil rights reforms as mere PR ploys comes off as cynical and whiny.

Saudi Religious Policeman Lashed For Having Six Wives

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to 120 lashes for having six wives at the same time....

Saudi Arabian Woman Driven to Succeed

Sally Thorner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sally Thorner

It's not about abayas. It's not about education. It's not about employment. It's not even about voting... The women I talked with in Riyadh last wee...

Saudi girl withdraws petition to divorce 80-year-old

Meedan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The girl at the center of a child marriage dispute in Saudi Arabia has unexpectedly withdrawn her petition for divorce. The 12-year-old told the cour...

Saudi Girl, 12, Drops Plan To Divorce 80-Year-Old Cousin

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A 12-year-old Saudi girl has unexpectedly dropped her application to divorce her 80-year-old second cousin, despite intervention from human rights gro...

Al-Qaeda, Not the US, Is Responsible for My Loss of Privacy and Dignity at the Airport

Sabria Jawhar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sabria Jawhar

Al-Qaeda would like nothing better than for me and my fellow Saudi students to stay at home. But I won't allow Al-Qaeda to make me a victim in my own country and the country where I am pursuing my studies.

Saudi Arabia: Awtan TV Presenters Break New Ground By Wearing Niqab

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Until recently you would never have seen women presenting television programmes dressed from head to toe in the niqab or burqa. But on the Saudi relig...

Controlled experiment

The National Newspaper | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In a bustling harbour just north of Jeddah one recent morning, a white 27-metre diving yacht was nosing its way slowly toward the open Red Sea. It was...

Saudi Women's Empowerment Can Be Found at the Bank, so Enough with that Oppression Business

Sabria Jawhar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sabria Jawhar

Saudi businesswomen carry tremendous influence in the Kingdom despite the disadvantages they face.

Saudi Woman Demands Right To Travel | Mohammed Jamjoom and Tricia Escobedo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

(CNN) -- Wajeha al-Huwaider picked up her passport, got in a taxi, and headed from her home in eastern Saudi Arabia to the nearby island kingdom of Ba...