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Photo: Fayez Nureldine/Reuters

Photo: Fayez Nureldine/Reuters

This man can’t be a “real” Muslim.

An influential Saudi prince has called for an “urgent” end to his country’s ban on women driving saying it is a matter not just of rights but of economic necessity.

“Stop the debate: Time for women to drive,” Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said on his official Twitter account.

Economic necessity.  He’s sick of driving the harem all over the place.  

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is an unusually forthright member of Saudi Arabia’s extensive royal family.

He holds no political posts but chairs Kingdom Holding Co that has interests including in US banking giant Citigroup and the Euro Disney theme park.

He is a longtime advocate of women’s rights in the conservative Islamic kingdom, which has some of the world’s tightest restrictions on women and is the only country where they are not allowed to drive.

After his short tweet, Prince Alwaleed’s office issued an uncharacteristically long statement in English and Arabic outlining his reasons for supporting an end to the ban.

“Preventing a woman from driving a car is today an issue of rights similar to the one that forbade her from receiving an education or having an independent identity,” Alwaleed said.

“They are all unjust acts by a traditional society, far more restrictive than what is lawfully allowed by the precepts of religion.”

Jokes aside,  Islam needs more of these kinds of Muslims.


– Al Jazeera


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