Monday, July 16, 2007

Reflecting on living in Saudi Arabia

by Haley Hughes from The Aiken Standard

"There is no separation of church and state in Saudi," Moffett said. "The religion is Islam. Period. Period." Saudi is ruled by crowned King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Suad, the fifth son (of 37) of King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Suad to ascend to the throne. Decisions are made by him; he has almost absolute power. King Abdullah belongs to the Al Suad tribe, which is entirely composed of family. The next king of Saudi Arabia will belong to the Al Suad tribe as power is passed down. "There is tremendous tribal loyalty," Moffett said. The majority of Saudi citizens are Sunni Muslims, which means they adhere to the interpretation of Islam taught by the Salafi or Wahhabi school. The royal family are Sunni Muslims. Only a very small percent of Saudis are Shia, considered the under privileged of society.

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