conservative Islam

Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban on Cinemas: Government

RIYADH – Saudi Arabia on Monday lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, part of a series of social reforms by the powerful crown prince that are shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom.

JERASH, JORDAN - AUGUST 9: Arab fans watch Kuwaiti singer Abdullah Rewaished performs at the southern theatre August 9, 2003 in the ancient city of Jerash, Jordan. The cultural festival, which runs from July 30 to August 16, draws thousands of participants from Saudi Arabia and countries of the Arab …

Saudi Teen Arrested for Online Flirting with U.S. Girl

When a teenager in Saudi Arabia began chatting up an American woman online, he first found fame and then notoriety before he was arrested over concerns that his clumsy cyber flirtation violated the kingdom’s conservative norms.

A Saudi man browses through twitter on his desktop in Riyadh, on January 30, 2013. Twitter's unmatched platform for public opinion is emboldening Gulf Arabs to exchange views on delicate issues in the deeply conservative region, despite strict censorship that controls old media. AFP PHOTO/FAYEZ NURELDINE (Photo credit should read …