Saudi Arabia limps reluctantly into the 17th century

Women need not wear religious robe known as abaya, senior Saudi Muslim cleric says

During his radio programme, Sheikh Abdullah al-Mutlaq, who is a member of the Council of Senior Scholars, said Muslim women should dress modestly, but this did not mean they needed to wear the religious clothing.

Saudi women are currently required to wear the garment by law.

“More than 90 per cent of pious Muslim women in the Muslim world do not wear abayas,” Sheikh Mutlaq said on Friday. “So we should not force people to wear abayas.”

Apparently they are also going to be allowed to *gasp* drive a car. But they still need permission from a male overlord to apply for a passport, travel or study abroad, or get married.

Movement, but a few more centuries yet to go.

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