Women's rights in Saudi Arabia

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Women's rights in Saudi Arabia are defined by Sunni Islam and tribal customs. The Arabian peninsula is the ancestral home of patriarchal, nomadic tribes, in which separation of women and men and namus (honour) are considered central


  • I believe in equal right for everyone according to their circumstances … Women do have rights, but they are based on our view of their obligations in life.
  • Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given the one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient, and guard in (the husband's) absence what Allah would have them guard.
    • Qur'an 4:34
  • The correct view as indicated by the evidence is that the woman’s face is ‘awrah which must be covered. It is the most tempting part of her body, because what people look at most is the face, so the face is the greatest ‘awrah of a woman.
  • In the past, the system included all the names that were registered. However, in the next phase, it will be optional. The amendments seek to enhance the system to make it better and fulfill all its objectives.

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