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  • n. A member of the religious police in an Islamic country, especially Saudi Arabia.
  • n. The religious police as a body.

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  • n. religious police in Saudi Arabia whose duty is to ensure strict adherence to established codes of conduct; offenders may be detained indefinitely; foreigners are not excluded


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From Arabic مطوع (muŧáwwaʕ, "compliance officer, pious volunteer"), from طوع (ŧáwwaʕa, "to subjugate").


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  • So you can argue back to the mutawa, if you know how to do it properly. "

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