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Badria al-Bishr
Badria al-Bishr

Dr. Badria al-Bishr is a multi-award-winning Saudi columnist and novelist. A PhD graduate from the American University of Beirut, and an alumnus of the U.S. State Department International Visitor program. Her columns put emphasis on women and social issues in Saudi Arabia. She currently lectures at King Saud University's Department of Social Studies.

The cultural crime of molesting women

It’s worth taking a look at the readers’ comments in a British daily on a news piece about molesting women or children. Some readers requested that capital punishment be legalized again...

Muslim Brotherhood exposed

It seems that the Brotherhood do not accept criticism, even though they were well-known for being vocal critics against the former regime which arrested and imprisoned them. Today, they came out of...

Will it be carrier pigeons after WhatsApp block in Saudi Arabia?

Telecommunications regulatory commissions have the right to act smart with you and, for example, make your mobile number available for advertising companies. And thus the commission gets paid after...

Superman or just a preacher?

 I thought a million times about accepting a job offer in a media company although my concerns are not the same as those of today’s preachers. Some of them have a large following - as it...

Saudi women, objects of French envy?

 I had not been aware that French women were that envious until I read an article in this newspaper saying that 2.5 million of them are sick of equality and prefer to marry Arab men who would...

The dilemma of book permits in Saudi Arabia

Had I not known several officials at the Ministry of Culture and Information, on top of whom are writer, poet, and minister Abdul Aziz Khoja, Dr. Nasser al-Hujailan, and others who do possess the real...

In Saudi Arabia: No for a woman ‘cashier’ but yes for ‘Misyar’?

Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University has licensed a study which one of its conclusions – I say this out of hope that it has other less shocking conclusions – goes as far as...

Forgive Sheikh Arifi and forgive them

I am personally not against forgiveness, for God has called upon us to forgive and the Prophet set a perfect example for forgiveness and actually wished well those who did him wrong. That is why I am...