Saudi to engage French experts for music, opera, cinema

Saudi to engage French experts for music, opera, cinema

Saudi Arabia is seeking French expertise to set up a national opera and orchestra under an agreement signed on April 9 that underlined the modernising agenda of the kingdom’s crown prince as he began his official trip to Paris. “The deal will see the Paris opera company help the ultra-conservative Islamic nation produce its own […]

Al-Qaradawi is ‘extremist’ preacher: Saudi varsity

Al-Qaradawi is ‘extremist’ preacher: Saudi varsity

Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh has warned its students and staff against “devious ideas” being propagated by five “extremist” preachers, including the famous Egyptian scholar Yusuf Al-Qaradawi. The university has erected large banners and billboards carrying the names and pictures of the five preachers in different parts of the campus, the Saudi […]

New ‘fatwa’ from Saudi prince: Those forbidding mixing between two sexes extremists

New ‘fatwa’ from Saudi prince: Those forbidding mixing between two sexes extremists

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has described those who forbid missing between two the sexes as “extremists” whose ideas “contradict the way of life during the time of the Prophet.” Salman, who is set to meet with US President Donald Trump in Washington on Tuesday, gave an interview to CBS News on Sunday. […]

Shia-Sunni tensions in Kashmir: Real or manufactured?

Shia-Sunni tensions in Kashmir: Real or manufactured?

The recent execution of Shia cleric and scholar Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr along with 47 others in Saudi Arabia triggered protests among Kashmiri Shias across the Valley. The protests prompted police action and curfew restrictions for several days in the Shia-dominated areas of Srinagar city. Some people saw Nimr’s execution by the Saudi authorities through […]