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Saudi Arabia is governed by sharia, or Islamic law, which means its rules, regulations and laws are based on the Koran and the sunna, the spoken and acted example of Mohammed. Sharia governs all aspects of public and private, social and economic, religious and political life with the appointed advisory body, the Shura Council, Almost all Saudis, 95 percent, belong to the Sunni branch of Islam. Many of the remainder, Shiite Muslims, consider themselves oppressed and are viewed with some suspicion by the government because of past violent protests and their suspected sympathy to predominately Shiite Iran.
To stem dissent in the Kingdom, political parties are illegal, public assembly is banned.

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  • Updated Aug 10, 2003
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