[QODLink]
RIZ KHAN
Progress in Saudi Arabia
Prince Turki al-Faisal examines the battle for a new, modern kingdom.
Last Modified: 27 May 2010 11:42 GMT

How long can Saudi Arabia remain a land of contradictions? For decades the country has been torn between its strong, traditional values and a push toward modernisation and change.

Outsiders see the kingdom as upholding outdated societal standards while the country's conservative religious clerics criticise the country's leadership for straying too far from its Islamic roots. 

Saudi Arabia just opened its first co-ed university, where male and female students will share classrooms for the first time. Yet women in the country still cannot study without the permission of their male guardians.

JOIN THE DEBATE


Send us your views and get your voice on the air

A new 3-D documentary called Arabia aims to demystify perceptions of the largely secretive country.

The film highlights the achievements of the Arabian empire, but does not shy away from discussing the challenges it faces in the modern world.

So on Wednesday's show we ask: How is today's Saudi Arabia balancing tradition with progress?

Joining the programme is Prince Turki al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia. He was formerly Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the US, and for about 24 years served as the kingdom's chief of intelligence.

He is currently the chairman of the King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh.

This episode of the Riz Khan show aired from Wednesday, May 26, 2010.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
The author argues that in the new economy, it's people, not skills or majors, that have lost value.
Colleagues of detained Al Jazeera journalists press demands for their release, 100 days after their arrest in Egypt.
Mehdi Hasan discusses online freedoms and the potential of the web with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.
A tight race seems likely as 814 million voters elect leaders in world's largest democracy next week.
Featured
A vocal minority in Ukraine's east wants to join Russia, and Kiev has so far been unable to put down the separatists.
Iran's government has shifted its take on 'brain drain' but is the change enough to reverse the flow?
Deadly attacks on anti-mining activists in the Philippines part of a global trend, according to new report.
Activists say 'Honor Diaries' documentary exploits gender-based violence to further an anti-Islamic agenda.
As Syria's civil war escalates along the Turkish border, many in Turkey are questioning the country's involvement.
join our mailing list