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Saudi Arabia
1. Geography
2. Political situation
3. Economy
a. Figures
4. Health
5. Education
a. Universities
6. Media
7. Demographics
8. Religions
a. Freedom
9. Peoples
10. Languages
11. History
12. Cities and Towns

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Index / Religions / Freedom
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Religious freedom

Conditions for non-Sunni Muslims are hard in Saudi Arabia.
Apostasy (ridda) is illegal, and punishable by death unless the convert returns to Islam. /*/ On 3 September 1992 Sadiq 'Abdul-Karim Malallah was publicly beheaded in al-Qatif in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province after being convicted of apostasy and blasphemy.
Missionary activities are punished very hard, punishments involve expulsion or execution.
It is illegal for an individual to wear any form of non-Muslim religious symbol. Bibles and other forms of religious are illegal to import and own in Saudi Arabia.
Churches are illegal to build on Saudi soil, and under many conditions, gathering for worship in private homes are even illegal. Reports of 2008, indicated that the Vatican were in positive dialogue with Saudi Arabia about building a church in the country.
Brutal propaganda against Christians and Jews is even taught in regular school. A 2008 US report showed that approved textbooks contained statements like: "The Jews and Christians are enemies of the believers" and "The clash between this [Muslim] nation and the Jews and Christians has endured, and it will continue as long as God wills."
Saudi Arabia is one of few countries in the world that has closed whole regions for all but Muslims, those around Mecca and Madina.

By Tore Kjeilen