I think the definition of “scientific research” in saudi should be re-evaluated. Ever since I came to the UK, I’ve been learning about research methodology, and I think I can safely say proper research, especially in non-scientific fields is generally overlooked back home.
Before you start accusing me of jumping to conclusions or being too harsh, please give this article a read so you can understand some of my overwhelming frustration. Its basically a “study” by some twisted example of the specimens we have to deal with back home, named Kamal Subhi, presenting a “study” that shows the Majlis al-Ifta’ al-A’ala, Saudi Arabia’s highest religious council, with his biased results that if women were allowed to drive, there would be no more “virgins” in the kingdom! Amongst other things naturally, like more porn and more homosexuals too.
Somebody should tell this guy to take a look around when it comes to the number of homosexuals, since the men can drive already. Its not like women driving will affect gay men in any way. But thats besides the point.
I would like to see his scientific research. I would like to see how he came to these numbers, AND I would like to know how many virgins are there in the Kingdom at the moment. Plus why is it such a bad thing? Maybe everyone will get married and we wouldn’t have the “3anes” (spinster) problem they use as an excuse for “misyar” marriage ( if you don’t know what misyar marriage is, either google it or ask me in a comment). Which brings up another question: Does this mean that since married women are not virgins, then they can drive? is that the pre-requisite? haha, prove you are married or divorced or widowed and you can get a drivers license. Oh well, at least one good thing would come out of those situations. “Yay I’m divorced but at least I can drive now!”.
I would like to know how he rates the Kingdom’s social morality at the moment. And what kind of research has he based his far-flung conclusions on. Has he interviewed gynocologists? Sociologists? Psychiatrists? Women? Have those women said they can’t wait to be let loose behind the wheel so they can start their new moonlighting jobs? His lame example in the other arab country’s cafe… is his conclusion based on one experience? Maybe he was in a brothel. I could take him to a few cafes in Saudi where women signal availability and men signal interest all the time. Is he so naive or isolated that he thinks that limiting women’s human right to freedom of movement would actually prevent that? Has no one taught him that morals cannot be enforced, they must be taught. If its a simple case of lack of opportunity that’s holding back the muslim women of an entire country from becoming sluts and whores (excuse my language), then we are in a really bad situation. That doesn’t say much about the whole institution of marriage and family building, or religion and upbringing in general.
I just find this mind-bogglingly sad. That such a “study” was allowed to see the light of day. He should be fired. Then judged for Qathf, for as far as I’m concerned, he just called every woman in Saudi Arabia a potential prostitute if given the chance. This has become a matter of honor, and he should be punished for taking these women’s honor so disrespectfully. Am I being too harsh? perhaps. perhaps not. But the least that should be done is that he is stripped of any kind of professional or academic references he might have, though you never know, he might not have any to begin with.
here is the link to a BBC article on the same topic. Apparently it made the “top e-mailed” list. how embarrassing!
* Update: Just found an interesting youtube vid from a popular Saudi TV show that discusses hot local topics. My apologies to anyone who doesn’t speak arabic. It tries to give the issue an objective look, interviewing different intellectuals about this “event”. One academic tries to give him the benefit of the doubt, doubting his research methods and stating that he probably didn’t realize how bad what he was saying sounds (reeeallyy?!). It does however, raise the issue of whether or not “Dr” Subhi has committed Qathf (false accusations against a woman’s honor) or not.
** I was also happy to see one of my favorite tweeps, Najla Hariri, express the same opinion I had on holding him legally accountable for Qathf (false accusation concerning honor) of all Saudi women.
طيب القياده,مازالوا مختلفين عليها,لكن القذف العلن,الا يوجد حد شرعي له؟نطالب بتطبيق الحد الشرعي على كل من قذفنا في اعراضنا,وهم معروفون بالإسم