Saudi Arabia: Inside the Kingdom

 

This one hour BBC documentary is worth watching towards gaining a better understanding of Saudi Arabia both past and present.  Filmmakers follow HRH Prince Saud bin Abdul Mohsen, Governor of Hail, who in turn shares his daily life along with his views.

The Prince is candid in talking about his relationships with his four wives and about his children and grandchildren.

Viewers will be taken into the majlis and hear the issues and queries presented to the Prince by both men and women who are seeking his assistance or intervention.  We hear the difficulties women face when attempting to receive a divorce from their husband and why a woman needs the Prince to help her obtain a divorce.

This is a must-view video for Saudi watchers and anyone who wishes to gain further insights to the Kingdom.

 

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6 Responses

  1. The Saudi royal family talks about change as if it is something that is being forced from the outside. Saudi Arabia needs to change so that it can stay an economically viable country. The only way to do that is to move beyond oil. The only way it can do it is if it can unleash the talents of its people in particular its female population. Israel with no oil has a larger income per capita. At the rate they are going they will be broke before they are ready for the 20th century let alone the 21st.

  2. I watched the video and a find some things fascinating. Such as a woman flight attendant with her hair uncovered on the plane from Hali to Jeddah. The governor’s daughter new pet ( a tea cup poodle). The women’s section while petitioning the governor versus the men’s area. Also, the young man who has never met his wife before that night and the stigmatization a girl faces if she talks to an unrelated male.

  3. After watching “Inside the Kingdom” and reading the following article below, KSA is indeed a land of contrasts and contradictions ….

    Party in the KSA
    Behind high walls, the kingdom’s restrictive Islamic laws don’t apply.
    BY AHMED AL OMRAN // Foreign Policy magazine

    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/01/14/saudi_arabia_like_youve_never_seen_it_before?page=0,0

  4. I started watching this today.

  5. I look forward to your comments, Susanne, after you’ve completed it.

    On Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 7:50 AM, American Bedu

  6. myrone,
    This is no secret. The Saudi government had to allow for these liberal compounds in order to accommodate the Westerners who come to work at Aramco, the various embassies and universities. I don’t think the government allowed these congregations in order to gradually spread liberalism, quite the opposite in fact, it’s trying to preserve the status quo, and “quarantine” such liberal communities in fenced and walled compounds. it complied to demands of foreign embassies that required a certain standard of living and rights for their compatriots abroad. Saudis, unfortunately, can hardly ever join these parties and festivities (unless you know the right people of course). But the average Joe in Saudi remains quite isolated from such liberal atmosphere.

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