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2017-01-15 Saudi Arabia's religious authority says cinemas, song concerts harmful
Saudi Arabia's top religious authority has called cinemas and singing concerts harmful and corrupting, in a move that could complicate government efforts to introduce cul...
2016-11-17 Grand mufti backs conscription
Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Asheikh supports the idea of mandatory conscription that would see Saudi youths participate in military serv...
2016-09-10 Top Saudi cleric 'will not deliver' traditional sermon
Saudi Arabia's top cleric will not deliver a traditional Hajj sermon to pilgrims for the first time in 35 years, reports say. The speech from Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, the...
2016-09-10 Hajj Live Stream
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2016-09-03 Council of Senior Scholars warn against dividing ummah
The General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars warned against inciting and stoking sedition among Muslims belonging to different schools of thought....
2016-09-01 Arafat Day is on Sept. 11
Arafat Day, when Hajis stand in prayer on the plains of Arafat near Makkah at the peak of the annual pilgrimage, will be on Sunday, Sept. 11, the semi-official Sabq.org w...
2016-08-25 Saudis' Harsh Vision of Islam Blamed for Rising Extremism
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump do not agree on much, but Saudi Arabia may be an exception. She has deplored Saudi Arabia's support for radical schools and mosques aroun...
2016-07-30 No mosque sermon without permission
A forum entitled Fiqh of loyalty and citizenship, organized by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance in Taif over a span of two days with the participation o...
2016-07-21 Al-Sudais visits bin Baz mosque in the English town of Banbury
Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais visited Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Baz mosque in the English town of Banbury on Wednesday. Al-Sudais, General President of the Affairs of the Gran...
2016-07-21 Kingdom denies issuing fatwa against Pokemon Go
Saudi Arabiaรข??s Council Senior Religious Scholars on Thursday denied that it had revived a 15-year-old edict that declared the Pokemon game un-Islamic....
Past Feature Articles
Move, Countermove - Searching For Equilibrium?

The Deputy Crown Prince, Muhammad bin Salman, although facing pressure on multiple fronts, has skillfully outmanouevred his adversaries by backing them into a corner. By making himself indispensable, he forces potential challengers to his place in the succession to accept an outcome they would not otherwise have chosen.

OPEC Deal: Tactical Retreat or Admission of Failure?

At first sight, the recent deal to cut oil production among OPEC members appears to be an admission by Saudi Arabia that its strategy to maximize the flow of crude and suppress prices has been a failure. Does backing down now represent a long-term shift in outlook, or did an improving economic outlook allow some breathing room?

A Royal Execution: Politics Or Principle?

News that Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir had been executed for murder elicited widespread praise from within the Kingdom for the equal treatment under the law the royal's punishment represented. But was the high-profile act a response to a growing realization by the royal family that the turbulent pace of change may be putting the social compact under increasing stress?

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