Friday, June 22, 2007

An Unprecedented Uproar Over Saudi Religious Police

by Faiza Saleh Ambah from the Washington Post

The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice is the enforcement arm of Saudi Arabia's official religious establishment, which imposes the strict Wahhabi interpretation of Islam, named after its 18th-century founder, Muhammad bin Abdul-Wahhab. The commission's mandate is based on the Koranic verse, "And from among you there should be a party who invite to good and enjoin what is right and forbid the wrong, and these it is that shall be successful." The commission has about 500 offices across the kingdom and employs about 10,000 people.

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