Saudis are becoming concerned that divorce rates are now reaching 30% of marriages and want to look into the psychological and religious aspects behind them. I think social factors are worth exploring as well as the way in which some families force divorces, as with the case of ‘Fatima’.
â€˜Divorce in Saudi Societyâ€™ Symposium Planned in Riyadh
Raid Qusti, Arab News
RIYADH, 13 January 2008 â€” The divorce rate in Saudi Arabia has reached more than 30 percent of the total number of marriages in the year, the Ministry of Social Affairs announced yesterday.
In a move aimed at focusing on the alarming number of divorces in Saudi Arabia, the ministry, upon receiving directives from Minister of Social Affairs Abdul Muhsin Al-Akkas, will sponsor the first symposium to discuss the problem at national level.
Entitled â€œDivorce in Saudi Society,â€ the symposium will be held at the Prince Salman Social Center in Riyadh. A panel of sociologists, psychologists, and religious scholars will discuss the topic, particularly its effects on society as well as its psychological and religious aspects.