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Gary R. Bunt

KSA Abaya Online Debate

Mariam Nabbout, Stepfeed, Saudi scholar believes women 'shouldn't be forced to wear abayas'

"Women in Saudi Arabia have been obliged to wear abayas (floor-length garments) in public for decades, but with how things have been going recently, it looks like this might be changing soon. There has been a shift in attitude toward the conservative attire in recent years, with several clerics speaking up against forcing it on women. 
"The latest person to comment on the matter is Saudi Islamic scholar Ahmed bin Qasim Al Ghamdi. 
""I don't see why a woman should be forced to wear an abaya in public. If she wears something that covers her body and hair, it's permissible regardless of the color or model of her clothes," he said during a televised appearance on Rotana Khalijiya's program Etijahat."

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