It seems the announcement that women, long barred from public sports or games, would be granted access to stadiums in Saudi Arabia, and the lifting of ban on women’s driving, are widely hailed. The moves were designed to project Saudi Arabia in a favorable light at a time, when it is seeking to attract foreign investment.
But I am surprised to learn of Qatar. Is Qatar, another country with numerous restrictions associated with Wahhabism in the kingdom, already moving in this direction? For example, Qatar boasts one of the world’s highest women’s participation in the work force.
No, I think these are examples of incongruent dimensions of the future. Deviations from the norm, a staple part of tomorrow, shall be a regular feature, where, extremes of both tolerance and intolerance shall inundate our societies.