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Greetings from the Louvre’s “Roads to Arabia” Exhibition

Greetings from the Louvre’s “Roads to Arabia” Exhibition

Most of the 300 plus artifacts in the exhibit have never been on display to a domestic or international audience. Many of the artifacts found in the exhibit represent a myriad of cultures and civilizations of pre-Islamic Arabia and representations of the human form are understood as blasphemous according to the strict Wahhabi brand of Islam practiced throughout Saudi Arabia since the rise of the Saud family at the beginning of the 20th century.

Sorcery, Witchcraft, and an Epidemic of Human Rights Abuse in Saudi Arabia

Sorcery, Witchcraft, and an Epidemic of Human Rights Abuse in Saudi Arabia

A young pregnant rape victim was sentenced to a one year prison term and 100 lashes (postnatal) by a Saudi judge. The charge: adultery! The girl testified that she had been repeatedly raped by four men who took her to an abandoned building. The victim did not report the event because the Saudi justice system almost always finds the woman at fault in cases of rape. After realizing she was pregnant, the victim went to King Fahd Hospital in the hopes of obtaining an abortion. She was promptly arrested by the Mutaween and charged with adultery.