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Single women challenge tradition of love and marriage in Saudi Arabia

By Associated Press in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia ( China Daily ) Updated: 2015-01-22 07:36:08

Amna Fatani knows she wants a brilliant career and a life different from that of Saudi women of her mother's generation who married early, usually to a husband not of their own choosing.

The 27-year-old, studying for her master's degree at Georgetown University in Washington and hoping to someday become Saudi Arabia's first female labor minister, is part of a growing number of Saudi women choosing to remain single through their 20s and into their 30s as they pursue other ambitions.

The trend has ruffled ultraconservatives who see it as an affront to the very foundations of the kingdom, where strict interpretations of Islam and rigid tribal codes have long dictated the terms of marriage.

Single women challenge tradition of love and marriage in Saudi Arabia

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