New Delhi: Saudi Arabia has had five female ambassadors in the final tally, including one who holds the important Washington Post. . Salah Al-Sayed, who has more than 20 years of experience in senior management, especially in the health sector, has been appointed Deputy Minister for Public Affairs. Why is this important?
There is no doubt that her appointment had the approval of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Includes men and women. Others attempt to downplay the role of religion in public life, including the onerous restrictions on women.
Navdeep Suri, former ambassador to Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, believes: In the process, it is depriving groups like the Taliban in Afghanistan of oxygen. “
According to him, the Saudi move emphasizes “zero tolerance to terrorism.” He regards the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization and vehemently opposes political Islam. “
Neighboring United Arab Emirates (UAE) is removing references to anti-Semitism from textbooks. The House of Abrahams Family, a collection of churches, mosques and synagogues, is under construction in Abu Dhabi.
“The scale of change in Abu Dhabi and Riyadh is staggering for two very conservative capitals,” said Ambassador Sri. “Abu Dhabi has a Tolerance Minister who is part of the royal family. Clearly top leadership is driving a mindshift.”
India felt the impact of this shift in mindset last October when its first Hindu temple opened its doors in Jebel Ali’s ‘worship village’. There are still no Hindu temples in Saudi Arabia where restrictions remain on non-Muslims from practicing their faith openly. But the future gives hope to the huge Hindu diaspora that live there.
Qatar, which recently hosted the soccer World Cup, is also cleaning up its act, according to the Israeli NGO Institute for Watching Peace and Cultural Tolerance in Schooling. A recent report said that Qatari textbooks no longer described Jews as “traitors” and that “the new textbooks … for the first semester of the current academic year see a significant improvement”. rice field.
Egypt, for all its civilized spirit, has much to do when it comes to respecting other religions. does not even allow the cremation of
Most tragic, however, is the state’s treatment of the Coptic Christians, who have deep roots in Egypt. Coptic Muslims are estimated to make up 10-15% of his population (about 90% are Sunni Muslims). But according to the community, they have always been underestimated. Restrictive and opaque government regulations have reportedly made it difficult to build new churches and forced communities to hold their worship services in unsafe locations.
This community is often targeted by Islamist extremist groups. In 2017, an IS suicide bomber blew himself up during a Palm Sunday celebration at a church outside Cairo, killing 28 people and injuring more than 70 others. Minya state alone recorded 77 sectarian attacks against Coptic Muslims between 2011 and 2016. Community elders say authorities have provided only token gestures of protection.
Clearly, the region has a long way to go to change public and government attitudes towards non-Muslims. Some states are active, others are making piecemeal efforts, and where there is effort, there is hope.