Subordination of women in the Arab world is one of the most controversial issues discussed worldwide. Saudi Arabian women face this dilemma with the driving restriction that has been imposed on them. This paper will examine the legitimacy of the fatwa of 1991 that banned women from driving issued by Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz Bin Baz. A brief history of Saudi Arabia will be presented to aid in understanding how the Saudi Arabian society was formed resulting to gender inequalities. A few international news reports and my own personal interviews will be presented as example cases in order to elaborate on the different situations those women were forced to face. Seeing that this is a neglected topic in scholarship, this paper will help the idea of entering the field where no scholars entered. This dissertation will argue that this ban on women driving is strictly a social restriction that lacks religious basis.
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Abdul, Arabia, Aziz, Ban, Baz, Bin, Driving, Fatwa, Grand, Legitimacy, Mufti, Saudi, Women|
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