Driving ‘exposes women to evil’, says Saudi cleric


Saudi Arabia’s most senior cleric has reiterated his support for the kingdom’s ban on women driving, arguing it is “a dangerous matter that exposes women to evil”.

The kingdom adheres to an ultra-conservative interpretation of Islam and is the only country in the world where women are not allowed to drive.

Though no laws ban women from driving in Saudi Arabia, authorities do not issue them licences and women’s rights activists have faced detention for trying to defy the order.

Speaking on the religious satellite channel al-Majd, Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Sheikh said men with “weak spirits” who are “obsessed with women” could cause female drivers harm, and that family members would not know the whereabouts of women.

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