Language and Societies

ANT/LIN 5320 at Wayne State University

Religious Text Manipulation in Saudi Arabia: Women Driving and Cinema

Religious Text Manipulation in Saudi Arabia: Women Driving and Cinema
Abdullah Alfaifi

Saudi Arabia is a theology-centric country. The true dynamic of people’s lives are the religious texts and their interpretations by the Ulama (religious scholars). This paper sheds light on some research that has proved that different interpretations of the Islamic religious texts are possible. It uses the prohibition of women driving and attending cinema, two current hot issues inside Saudi Arabia, as examples of the manipulation of the Islamic religious texts and their interpretations by fundamentalist Ulama.

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April 17, 2009 - Posted by | abstract

3 Comments »

  1. Your paper sounds very interesting. The notion of interpreting religious texts and/or doctrine for political purposes is fascinating to me. These types of issues played a major role in the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979. I wonder if there is any correlation between the Ulama interpretations and those of fundamentalist terrorist groups or, alternately, extremely secular muslim societies such as Turkey?

    Comment by Dan Davis | April 18, 2009 | Reply

  2. This seems like a promising topic – are you planning to discuss the relationships of power involved in the interpretation of these texts? It seems fairly obvious to me that texts *can* be interpreted in different ways, but I think the more interesting question is *why* this would be done. How do people decide which Ulama to follow?

    Comment by Elanya | April 19, 2009 | Reply

  3. Ok, now where can I read the whole paper?

    Comment by Sirius | May 28, 2009 | Reply


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