King Abdullah: The Middle East’s Failed Reformer

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One of the most powerful monarchs in the world, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, has died. On the subject of women’s rights, some world leaders are remembering him as a cautious reformer, while others are not so sympathetic.

Use our resources to understand part of King Abdullah’s legacy.

Photograph by Cherie A. Thurlby, courtesy U.S. Department of Defense

Photograph by Cherie A. Thurlby, courtesy U.S. Department of Defense

Discussion Ideas

  • Some of the most vocal opponents of expanding women’s legal, economic, and social rights in Saudi Arabia are women. Why do you think some women oppose rights such working in an integrated office or being able to drive?

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