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Saudi Arabia is a Middle Eastern country situated between the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf. As a country whose government is an absolute monarch that proclaims the Qur’an and Sunna as its constitution, it has long donned religion as its claim to power. This claim, however, is quick to fall by the wayside when the country’s rulers are engaged in war, both domestic and foreign. Looking at the government’s religious identity against its history of wars, a reoccurring theme of “most-Islamic” begins to appear. Most-Islamic (based on the government’s sanctioned religious scholars’ interpretation of Islam) is meant as what is displayed outwardly for the public (domestic or international) to see, such as all stores closing five times daily to observe prayer, strict segregation in ...

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