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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.

Saudi Arabia’s emerging ‘paparazzi!’

Paparazzi that live off celebrities’ and public figure’ scandals have become famous in the West. They follow every celebrity hoping for a slip of the tongue, an outrageous photograph or an...

Opposing Saudi women in council mirrors some peoples ignorance

Although all the precautions included in the decision to appoint 30 women at the Shoura council were clear about the full segregation between the council’s men and women, in entrances, exits,...

Consider us Egyptian please

The speech that was delivered by Saudi Sheikh Mohamed al-Arifi in praise of Egypt, made several of our citizens jealous. True, the speech, published on several websites as “The virtues of Egypt in the...

Thirty womenand Saudis hope for more

Yesterday, the Saudi king issued a decree that outlined the new structure of the Consultative Council, which started this year. In this decree, the Custodian of the Holy Shrines kept his promise to...

A jurisprudence dilemma in Saudi Arabia

I don’t think that Saudis will face a problem as far as a fatwa (religious edict) goes, which prohibits greeting non-Muslims on their holidays and which our Saudi newspapers and websites were keen on...

Unveiling Saudi contradictions

Saudi public opinions expressed on social media networks, as well as on satellite TV channels and in newspapers, appear to be defending arrogant and harsh ideas under the pretext that Saudi society is...

Saudi religious policeWOMEN a pressing need

A few days ago, the head of the Saudi Commission for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice announced that including women in the staff has become a “pressing need.” This is...