According to the theories pertinent to the clash of civilization and contemporary neoclassic concepts, all countries will eventually move towards an equilibrium based on their cultural values, governing methods, and different functionalities of the state system. The line of division in today’s world is evident post 9/11 when the Western world and Islamic world saw a dividing line due to different values, cultures, and moral standings.
Right now, we see two extremes in the world which usually cover the ends of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America in terms of their state structure and ruling systems. However, we have seen a completely opposite approach adopted by Saudi Arabia in terms of their development projects, strategic plans, and future laws and regulations. Being the hub of Islamic countries, Saudi Arabia has always been strict concerning the implementation laws as per Islamic jurisdiction in the light of Holy Quran and Prophet’s sayings.
We just saw the permission for driving being granted to the women in Saudi Arabia which was a major topic of discussion for the past many years concerning the liberalization of women in the region. The policies did not end here, the lawmakers further announced plans for drafting a plan that was liberating the values of the nation for economic prosperity and improved global image.
Now, there is a news that finally Saudi Arabia has granted permission to the women to enter the stadiums and enjoy the sports festivities and matches. Though there have been serious reservations over this measure but in a monarchy, people aren’t expected to disobey the king. There will be separate stands being made for women fans to enjoy the matches at the stadium ensuring the Islamic values are kept in mind.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been behind the plans that aim to revolutionize the nation in terms of its social prosperity, economic stability, and close ties with European countries that often question human right standards within the nation regarding its capital punishment and women empowerment policies. The aim is to end the dependency of Saudi Arabia on just the reserves of oil and move towards more lucrative and diversified fields of the economy and spread the risk. Saudi Arabia’s two major sources of income as of now are the pilgrims that visit the Holy Land for the fulfillment of religious obligations, and the second major source of revenue for the nation is the income from oil reserves which are depleting and no more profitable due to lower prices per barrel in the global market.
We have to see how the countries where Muslims are in majority respond to such changes in the Saudi Arabia, which is considered as the focal position for Islam due to the presence of sacred places.