Sour Note? Saudi Woman Blocked by Court From Marrying Man Who Plays Music

According to the Okaz newspaper, the suitor asked for the unidentified woman’s hand in marriage two years ago. The woman is a 38-year-old bank manager from the region of Qassim, which is north of the kingdom’s capital of Riyadh. However, the woman’s family objected to the suitor, who is a teacher, claiming that the man was not religiously compatible with them because he played the “oud,” a type of lute popular across the Middle East.

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