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The move followed the country's first Comic Con convention in Jeddah in February. However there has been some opposition to the reforms by Saudi clerics and conservative members of society. They believe the morals of Saudi citizens will be corrupted and they have challenged perceptions of Islamic ...
The introduction of physical education in girls' schools was harshly criticized by conservative elements in the kingdom, particularly by clerics, who argued that it was against the spirit of Islam. For example, Senior Saudi clerics Council member 'Abd Al-Karim al-Khader determined that it was forbidden ...

But today Iran and Saudi Arabia have something new in common: A majority of their populations are under age 30, young people connected through social networks and smartphones. And a growing number of them are fed up with being told how to live their lives by old, corrupt or suffocating clerics -- and ...
In the 2000s, Medina-trained Salafi clerics, backed by Saudi money and patronage, succeeded in upstaging the old Izala clerical order through a mix of youthful charisma, theological novelty and populism. They began entrenching their strict moral code conforming, according to them, to the Islamic Sharia ...
But today Iran and Saudi Arabia have something new in common: A majority of their populations are under age 30, young people connected through social networks and smartphones. And a growing number of them are fed up with being told how to live their lives by old, corrupt or suffocating clerics -- and ...
Opponents of Iranian President Hassan Rohani hold a protest outside the Iranian embassy in west London, Britain. -- Reuters. Dubai -- Iranian authorities are concerned that nationwide unrest will undermine the clerical establishment and want to stamp out the protests quickly, senior government officials ...

Dubai: Saudi Arabia has begun the groundwork for momentous change next year, defying its conservative reputation for slow, cautious reforms by announcing plans to let women drive, allow movie theatres to return and to issue ... Many Saudi clerics view Western movies and even Arabic films as sinful.
Saudi Arabia brushed aside rulings from top clerics to host a big money chess tournament, but the gambit to improve the kingdom's image has been jolted by regional powerplays. The landmark event and its record $2 million (1.7 million Euro) prize pot come as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman looks ...
Turkish cleric Mehmet Gormez asked a group of Saudi clerics about 45 Saudis executed for terrorist offenses: "These people studied Islam for 10 or 15 ... the Saudi royals have spent $3 to $4 billion a year, roughly $100 billion cumulatively, on educational fellowships and scholarships, Islamic clergy and ...
The groups say the kingdom has also detained journalists, clerics and activists in the crackdown. "Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's efforts to reform the Saudi economy and society are bound to fail if his justice system scorns the rule of law by ordering arbitrary arrests and punishments," said Sarah ...
The Saudi authorities have imposed a travel ban on 17 members of prominent cleric Salman Al-Ouda's immediate family, Human Rights Watch (HRW) ... Al-Ouda was among the first of dozens of dissidents, writers and clerics who were detained in mid-September in a state-led crackdown against those it ...
Most important, while limiting the influence of fundamentalist clerics at home, he has not yet dropped the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's longstanding support ... the Saudi royals have spent $3 to $4 billion a year, roughly $100 billion cumulatively, on educational fellowships and scholarships, Islamic clergy and ...
A top Sudanese security source on Sunday denied reports that eight Saudi opposition clerics had been deported to the Horn of Africa nation. An Arabic media organ linked to the Fetullah terrorist Organization (FETO) -- the group behind last year's defeated coup in Turkey -- had reported that Saudi Arabia ...
These are all moves that had been criticized in the past by the grand mufti and other ultraconservative Saudi clerics. King Salman emphasized in his speech that Saudi Arabia will not contradict the principles of its faith as it "moves forward on the path of development and modernization." His speech comes ...
Although satellite television and video downloads have made the ban on commercial theaters all but irrelevant, the announcement highlights the diminishing power of the kingdom's conservative clerics. The grand mufti, Saudi Arabia's highest religious authority, publicly called commercial films a source of ...
London -- Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, acting through a friend and distant cousin, was the true buyer behind the ... Saudi clerics also teach that Islam prohibits any work of art representing a human being, and that the depiction of any of the prophets is especially forbidden.
Months before his ascendancy in June, M.B.S. signaled that the influence of the clergy could be an obstacle to economic growth and Saudi Arabia's ability to wean itself off its oil-revenue dependency. If the clerics resist having their wings clipped, they are likely to openly oppose encroaching westernization ...

In the weeks beforehand, there was a round-up of writers and activists that attracted far less attention. Some were clerics, possibly for fear of a backlash against reforms from hardline Islamists. In fact the leading cleric arrested, Salman al-Awdah, one of Saudi Arabia's most popular television commentators, ...
To any Pakistan watcher, Pakistan's dependence on Saudi Arabia and ... In the West, Saudi-backed clergy often controls the mosque networks.
Eight clerics along with few others arrested few months ago on charges of spurring opposition to the ruling family are now in 'Al Jazeera' area ...
(Spoiler alert: Arefe wasn't arrested in the latest version of Saudi Sopranos ... be so noteworthy--the Middle East is full of retrograde clerics who ...
If he is serious about getting the country to embrace moderate Islam, he must allow Saudi clerics and thinkers of different denominations to ...
Role of Saudi clerics is also commendable in this regard, who not only supported but also endorsed the anti-graft move in KSA, especially by ...
The arrests in early November of dozens of Saudi royals, ... for the arrest of a series of prominent Saudi reformist clerics known for their human ...
Saudi Prince, Asserting Power, Brings Clerics to Heel NOV. ... Saudi Arabia Arrests 11 Princes, Including billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal NOV.
A powerful crown prince has upended the old pillars of governance with major arrests and the sidelining of religious clerics. But will he anchor ...
"Iran cannot lob missiles at Saudi cities and towns and expect us not to take ... Saudi Prince, Asserting Power, Brings Clerics to Heel NOV.
RIYADH -- Saudi Arabia has arrested dozens of princes, senior military ... prince included clerics, writers, lesser-known princes and Saudi ...
If the changes take hold, they could mean a historic reordering of the Saudi state by diminishing the role of hard-line clerics in shaping policy.
Saudi senior clerics warn of religious associations based on partisanship ... 9, 2010 file photo, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, and head of the ...
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's recent trips to Saudi Arabia appear to ... extremist groups and how Saudi clerics issue anti-Shiite fatwas.
Saudi Arabia is a country of extreme paradox, desperate for a modernizing force. For years, radical Saudi clerics have contributed as financiers ...
Its ultra-conservative Wahhabi clergy have been close to the Al Saud ... State, while the government, which vets clerics in Saudi Arabia's 70,000 ...
Senior Saudi clergy have denounced militant Islamist doctrines such as those of al Qaeda or ISIL, while the government, which vets clerics in ...
At the time, Saudi women were severely restricted. The culture was highly patriarchal, and clerics, thanks to their alliance with the royal family, ...
Conservative Saudi clergy begin to lose their grip ... The ultraconservative clerics often quoted Islamic law to justify a long chain of restrictions ...
Conservatives, including powerful clerics employed by the state, thought that allowing women to drive would be a crack in the dam that would ...
CLERICS in Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, have long struggled to justify the kingdom's decades-old ban on women driving. Often they ...
The report also said that Saudi Arabia has allowed religious scholars appointed by ... Clerics in Saudi Arabia adhere primarily to Wahhabism, ...
A Saudi woman, Aziza Yousef, drives a car on a highway in Riyadh as part of ... In the past, Saudi clerics have opposed allowing women to get ...
Saudi Arabia, home to Islam's holiest sites, is an absolute monarchy ruled according to Shariah law. Saudi officials and clerics have provided ...
Saudi clerics, including those holding official positions, have "vigorously employed" 21st century tools, like twitter, to stoke intolerance among ...
A woman drives a car in Riyadh as part of a campaign to defy Saudi ... have sparked tensions with influential clerics upon whose support the ...
(Beirut) - Saudi authorities have arrested dozens of people, including prominent clerics, in what appears to be a coordinated crackdown on ...
The authorities in Saudi Arabia have arrested more than 20 clerics and intellectuals in an apparent crackdown on dissent, activists say.
Saudi women will first have to get permission from a male guardian just to ... Saudi People will now think that senior clerics change their fatwas ...
On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia's crown prince declared war on the clerical elite who have long shaped Saudi society. The man who will be Saudi ...
However, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia -- with Allah's help and in ... that spent under the thumb of the House of Saud and its Wahhabist clergy.
Myanmar: The Rohingya, Saudi Backed ISIS militants, Aung San Suu Kyi .... from clerics in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, the Emirates and elsewhere.
The Sunni-led Saudi Arabia and the Shia Iran each have intense difficulties. ... Western influence, as well as Saudi clerics for not speaking up against these evils. ... The Wahhabi clergy was given a greater role in government, ...


 

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