Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Play in Saudi Arabia, as in any affluent country, can be viewed in a series of dichotomies: urban or rural, male or female, pretend or using purchased items, and religious or secular. A strong influence of Islamic values is seen in the fact that the sports and outdoor play of urban boys and girls tend to be segregated. In addition to organized sports leagues, pick-up games of football, basketball, and netball are common evening and weekend activities in parking lots and quieter streets, as traffic and heat permit. Participants in these street games are male, and while organized sports exist for women, they enjoy none of the massive popularity of their male counterparts. Segregated swimming times at municipal pools make water sports popular for women, in addition to tennis courts and other private access areas where girls in ...