Saudi cleric: death to co-ed

mosqueA prominent Saudi cleric has put a death fatwa on those who support mixing of genders in the workplace or schools.  International Relations Professor Houchang Chehabi, a native of Iran, calls it a desperate action by an ultraconservative cleric who does not represent official Saudi views.

“At this point over half of all students at Saudi universities are women, and there is no reason to assume that, once empowered by their education, they will all accept sexual segregation for the rest of their lives.”

Contact Houchang Chehabi, 617-358-0193, chehabi@bu.edu

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