Friday, May 27, 2011

Co-ed schooling irk preachers in Saudi Arabia

Conservative elements in Saudi Arabia's clerical establishment is now said to be campaigning against co-ed schools. Meanwhile, 32-year old female driver 'Manal al-Sherif' is still being detained for law-breaking. Many of the proscriptions in 'Sauds' Arabia do not exist in other parts of the larger Muslim world. For example, women can drive in Bahrain, Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia and also' Indonesia. Also, there is no public cinema in the very oil-rich Gulf Arab kingdom. Besides the Wikileaks and daily news in Google, Robert Lacey' s book Inside the Kingdom provides deeper and more insightful observations on the Arab country which is still stable amid upheavals in the region.