Saudi scholars support role for women in parliament
Religious scholars in Saudi Arabia have held up the view that women are entitled to become members of the Shura (Consultative) Council.
The scholars also challenged those opposing the move to produce religious evidence to the contrary.
According to Gulf News, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz this month appointed 30 women to the Shura Council in a landmark breakthrough for the advisory body launched in 2004.
The decision by the monarch, seen as a leading reformer in the conservative kingdom, was hailed as a positive step and was warmly welcomed in the country.
However, a small group of hardliners expressed skepticism about the merits of appointing women to the council and claimed that religion did not condone allowing women to take up high positions, the report added.