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ARABICA - A Daily Shot Of What the Arab World is Saying/Hearing/Sharing
By Kristen Gillespie

A R A B I C A ارابيكا


DRIVING DEBAUCHERY
*The campaign against women driving in Saudi Arabia continues to grow, as a "Saudi religious figure named Mohammed al-Manjad said he considers a woman driving a car sexually immoral because if she gets behind the wheel of a car, she is surely practicing other forms of licentiousness." The word used to describe women who drive is "فاسقة" which is defined in Al-Mawrd dictionary as: "debauched, wanton, licentious, lecherous, immoral, libertine, lascivious." He stressed that women like this and those supporting them are "hateful, malicious and hypocritical." Although the Prophet Mohammed did not mention driving specifically in the seventh-century Quran, "he did state that it is hypocritical for a women to drive a camel or a donkey, and that same sentiment therefore applies to women driving a car."

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