Saudi Arabia is a complex, mysterious, fundamentalist country with much wealth from vast oil fields. It boasts the most modern standards for the middle and upper classes. However the form of Islam practiced there is backward and repressive that does not allow much personal freedom of expression, especially for women. Salafism, also known as Wahabbism is a fiercely puritanical strain of Islam that gained prominence with the rulers of the Arabian peninsula. When the modern kingdom was established, Salafism became the only brand of Islam espoused by the government. Under the strict legal system gay people live with danger of imprisonment or execution if caught with a same-sex partner, even in the privacy of a home.

 

 

 

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia - oil field (photo credit: historycanbefun.com)
Saudi Arabia - oil field (photo credit: historycanbefun.com)
Saudi Arabia - seaside beach
Saudi Arabia - seaside beach
Saudi Arabia - desert castle
Saudi Arabia - desert castle
Saudi Arabia - ancient temple ruin (photo credit: National Geographic magazine
Saudi Arabia - ancient temple ruin (photo credit: National Geographic magazine )
Saudi Arabia - modern Riyadh
Saudi Arabia - modern Riyadh
Saudi Arabia - ancient rock tombs
Saudi Arabia - ancient rock tombs
Saudi Arabia - desert beauty
Saudi Arabia - desert beauty
Saudi Arabia - King Fahd's fountain, Jeddah
Saudi Arabia - King Fahd's fountain, Jeddah
Saudi Arabia - Saudi Prince with Chinese President
Saudi Arabia - Saudi Prince with Chinese President
Saudi Arabia - Riyadh Giant C Kapl
Saudi Arabia - Riyadh Giant C Kapl
Saudi Arabia - Riyadh city
Saudi Arabia - Riyadh city
Saudi Arabia - sand storm
Saudi Arabia - sand storm
Saudi Arabia - residence building (photo credit: historycanbefun.com )
Saudi Arabia - residence building (photo credit: historycanbefun.com )
Saudi Arabia - wedding ceremony
Saudi Arabia - wedding ceremony
Saudi Arabia - university students
Saudi Arabia - university students
Saudi Arabia - Riyadh traffic intersection
Saudi Arabia - Riyadh traffic intersection
Saudi Arabia - gold dealer
Saudi Arabia - gold dealer
Saudi Arabia - university students
Saudi Arabia - university students
Saudi Arabia - tower (photo credit-historycanbefun.com )
Saudi Arabia - tower (photo credit-historycanbefun.com )
Saudi Arabia - modern architecture (photo credit-historycanbefun.com )
Saudi Arabia - modern architecture (photo credit-historycanbefun.com )
Saudi Arabia - gold shop (photo credit-historycanbefun.com )
Saudi Arabia - gold shop (photo credit-historycanbefun.com )
Saudi Arabia - hotel (photo credit-historycanbefun.com )
Saudi Arabia - hotel (photo credit-historycanbefun.com )
Saudi Arabia - man and his camel (photo credit-historycanbefun.com )
Saudi Arabia - man and his camel (photo credit-historycanbefun.com )
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Saudi Arabia - (photo credit: )
Saudi Arabia - Mecca Grand Mosque (photo credit-historycanbefun.com )
Saudi Arabia - Mecca Grand Mosque (photo credit-historycanbefun.com )
Saudi Arabia - Mecca during Hajd (photo credit-historycanbefun.com )
Saudi Arabia - Mecca during Hajd (photo credit-historycanbefun.com )
Saudi Arabia - Kabala (photo credit-historycanbefun.com )
Saudi Arabia - Kabala (photo credit-historycanbefun.com )
Saudi Arabia - Riyadh modern cityscape
Saudi Arabia - Riyadh modern cityscape