Will Saudi Arabia See Reforms?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Relatively speaking, it's not a very good time to be a member of a royal family in the Middle East. Even though their position of power seems more secure than in some neighboring countries, Saudia Arabia's leaders were shaken by the departure of a strong ally, Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak. If more important Saudi allies, like Bahrain, fall to the protestors, what will it mean for the royal family?

To talk more about this powerful family and monarchy in the Middle East, we're joined by Robert Lacey, author of "Inside the Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia."



Robert Lacey

Comments [1]

almoore from Singapore

I lived in Saudi for 12 years . In this place women are not allowed to drive or leave home alone for any reason . In case of a thritening emergency , a woman may be kept home to die if there was no male person to take her to a hospital .The society is devide by the royal family into :slaves ( blacks ) , Khadeery ( those who may have traces of black blood ), Sonna , Sheeaa, Pure blood ( those not having any balck blood in their ansisters ). Tribals , non tribals , Royals . Even though this is non islamic , the Royal Family managed to have the Shareea Courts rule that mariages between across these divisions would be non islamic and are not allowed . Last year a court here seperated between a couple with 5 children when a brother of the wife declared that the husband's great great mother was for a short period married to a balck man . The court ruled in favor of the brother and ordered the couple to divorce creating a tragidy for the family . The royal family enthosiarically welcomed & supported the ruling .It is time for the free world to act to help the unfortunate Saudi women .

Feb. 21 2011 05:16 PM

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