Did You Know- Saudi Arabia Edition
When I think of Saudi Arabia, I often think of the picturesque desert landscapes seen in Lawrence of Arabia. The culture, history and geography of this nation are all fascinating. Did you know:
- Saudi Arabia is home to Mecca- the birthplace of Mohammed. Muslims from around the world make their Hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their life.
- Oil makes up 90% of Saudi exports
- Women are not allowed to have drivers licenses
- The agal is the black cord that men wear to hold their keffiyeh (headdress) in place
- Saudi cuisine is a fusion of Turkish, Persian, and African food
- Soccer is the national sport of Saudi Arabia
There is no freedom of religion here. The legal system is based on Islamic law and conversion to another religion is punishable by death if the accused does not recant. Non-Muslim public worship is prohibited, and although the government recognizes the right of non-Muslims to worship privately, the religious police often do not. Worshippers risk imprisonment, deportation and torture. Most Christians are poorly paid foreign workers who are vulnerable to violence because of their faith. Two Indian believers were imprisoned in January 2011 for ‘converting Muslims to Christianity’.