Saudi Arabia

An appeals court has upheld the decision of a judge in the northern city of Al-Jouf in October to divorce a couple in absentia at the request of the wife’s half brothers.
Perhaps there is no issue in Saudi Arabia more sensitive, more controversial and more shrouded in secrecy and contradictions than the issue of women.
Muhammad Nasir Al-Khuzayyam, deputy chief of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, said the proposal to move the women's prayer area in the Grand Mosque in Makkah has been dropped.
Women are about to lose their right to pray in the previously allotted/designated space for women only in view of the Ka'ba at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
Despite Saudi assurances, their religious textbooks still denigrate other faiths and cultures. These schoolbooks divide the world into believers — followers of Wahhabi Islam — and unbelievers.
After years of study, the influential Makkah-based Islamic Jurisprudence Assembly in April this year declared that Misyar marriage was legal, angering many women’s rights’ activists in the Gulf.
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