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10 voices for change in Saudi Arabia

From a conservative sheikh to a pioneering female pediatrician, these are just a few of Saudis who are vocally advocating for change in their country. 

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Samar Fatany, Radio journalist: ‘It’s no good to be a rebel ... you’re going to be marginalized.... So I think people want to [pursue reform] with wisdom and patience so they can influence change and have their way with these hardliners in society.’

1. Sheikh Salman al-Ouda

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Sheikh Salman al-Ouda spoke to a group of US journalists in his home in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, earlier this month.

Prominent Salafi cleric, with more than 1 million Twitter followers

"To debate and consult the citizen in decisions and policies ... [and] elections, I think Islam gave us that sort of democracy – all caliphs were elected by their people.... The problem here is with the philosophical democracy without a limit.... For example, it's impossible one day within an Islamic system to have a debate on homosexuality ... since it is religiously forbidden."

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