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40 years later: the 1979 Grand Mosque seizure

40 years later: the 1979 Grand Mosque seizure

On 20 November 1979, about 300 heavily armed men assaulted the Grand Mosque of Makkah, the Masjid Al Haram. Within minutes, they had transformed the holiest place in Islam into a fortress and taken thousands of worshippers hostage. The siege shocked Saudi Arabia to...

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Saudi women can divorce

Saudi women can divorce

A member of the Saudi Scholars’ Council Sheikh Abdullah Al Manea, has issued a Fatwa confirming that women may stipulate as a condition in their marriage contracts that they have the power to divorce their husbands. Al Manea said that, if the woman stipulates the...

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40 years later: the 1979 Grand Mosque seizure

40 years later: the 1979 Grand Mosque seizure

On 20 November 1979, about 300 heavily armed men assaulted the Grand Mosque of Makkah, the Masjid Al Haram. Within minutes, they had transformed the holiest place in Islam into a fortress and taken thousands of worshippers hostage. The siege shocked Saudi Arabia to...

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Al Dowayan Saudi arts on BBC top 100 women list

Al Dowayan Saudi arts on BBC top 100 women list

This month, the BBC has revealed its list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2019. These are women who drive change on behalf of women everywhere. This year’s list included Manal Al Dowayan, a Saudi photographer and artist from Dhahran....

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