Posts tagged ‘saudi arabia’

August 18, 2015

Mecca, The Sacred City?

Mecca the Sacred City by Ziauddin Sardar

Ziauddin Sardar at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015

I arrived at the Edinburgh International Book Festival today for my first book event of this year’s packed programme, brolly in hand and wearing two layers of cashmere. Yes, it is August, welcome to Summer in Scotland.

Ziauddin Sardar’s new book, Mecca The Sacred City was the topic of discussion and the charismatic author was full of hilarious anecdotes and opinions of Saudi Arabia that mirror my own. Of course, unlike him, I’m not a respected scholar nor have I spent time living there.

It is in the direction of Mecca and the Ka’aba that all Muslims turn to when (or if) they pray. Mecca is the birth place of the Prophet and pilgrimage to the Ka’aba is one of the five pillars of Islam, a duty for all Muslims. So why do the guardians of the holiest sites in the Islamic behave like ‘cultural terrorrists’? Ziauddin Sardar is no fan of

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October 31, 2013

No Woman, No Drive

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You must have heard of this great twist on the Bob Marley classic released to take the piss out of the no driving rule for chicks in Saudi Arabia.
Sigh.
Let’s not talk about the driving ban, I’m likely to spontaneously combust, but how fab that finally SOME Saudi women seem to be waking up

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September 29, 2013

Haaaaaaaaaahahahaha Oof My Ovaries!!

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A Saudi cleric has warned women who want to participate in a protest drive or are even thinking about driving that doing so without absolute necessity will damage their ovaries:

“If a woman drives a car, not out of pure necessity, that could have negative physiological impacts as functional and physiological medical studies show

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September 26, 2011

Christmas Comes Early To Saudi Arabia

Two bits of progressive news from The Kingdom of Men in one month?  First the underwear sales staff news and now the news that the Saudi King announced yesterday that women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to vote from 2015 (don’t get too excited) and women will be permitted to run for election for local government.  In The Independent newspaper King Abdullah was quoted as saying “Because we refuse to marginalise women in society in all roles that comply with sharia…” has HRH been living in another country all his life?

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September 13, 2011

34 C?

News from a country that would be bottom of my list of places to visit… Saudi Arabia.  They are slowly dragging themselves into the 21st Century by allowing women to sell lingerie.  OMG can you believe it?

Yes until now women had to turn up to a store and have their size guessed by a

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May 23, 2011

Dare To Drive

Saudi Arabia will be experiencing a social revolution, on June 17th,  from women who are campaigning for their right to drive. At the centre of the promotion of the campaign is Manal Alsharif’s video of herself driving on You Tube, here seen through ScarceMedia.

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