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Contemporary Islam in Saudi Arabia As keepers of the holy cites of Mecca and Medina Saudi Arabia plays an important role in Islam Islam is the basis of Saudi Arabias national identity society law and politics This becomes apparent simply by looking at the Saudi flag which combines the Muslim confession of faith There is no god but God and Mohammed is His Prophet and the crossed swords of the House of Saud that reflect the union of faith and politics Although Saudi Arabia is an Islamic state they have been criticized for being un-Islamic and have been denounced from other Islamic countries such as Iran Despite Saudi Arabias creation as an Islamic state and its deliberate Islamic profile The Saudi government have not been immune to challenges to its legitimacy and leadership A visitor to Saudi Arabia would immediately notice how Islam is the basis of Saudi Arabias national identity and society One would notice the amount of images that seem to confirm its Islamic state A visitor would notice the seemingly endless number of mosques A visitor would notice how society seems to stop at prayer time as shops close and the faithful face Mecca to pray A visitor would also notice the prohibition of alcohol and woman veiled and segregated in public life These are amongst a list of characteristics that a visitor would notice when visiting Saudi Arabia Islam is the basis of law and politics in Saudi Arabia The political aspect of Saudi Arabia is controlled by a monarchy The royal family controls what is known as the House of Saud Although Saudi Arabia is a monarchy the country is governed by Islamic Law The Koran is its constitution and the law is governed by a Sharia court system whose judges and legal advisors are ulama The House of Saud and the ulama keep a close relationship with each other in correspondence that
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