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  • For example, if you say something disparaging "mutawwa" it can often be perceived to be an assault on Orthodox Muslims rather than the religious police.

    The Lede

  • This is an important distinction because when people talk bad about "mutawwa" they are including a lot of peaceful people who are simply adopting strict orthodoxies in their own lives.

    The Lede

  • The New York Times (at least until Katherin Zoepf made corrections) and other media incorrectly refer to religious police at "mutawwa".

    The Lede

  • And Daniel Green is a pious mutawwa, a one-man Committee for the Prevention of Literary Vice, correcting this one and that one, enforcing conformity where he can no longer enjoy a community of belief.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • When he tried to defend himself, the mutawwa asked him to walk, and Jamie strode across the room in what he considered a manly fashion.

    The Kingdom in the Closet

  • After spending a night in jail, Jamie was taken to mutawwa'in headquarters in Jeddah, and a mutawwa interrogated him again.

    The Kingdom in the Closet

  • Women who go on “power walks” face harassment from the “mutawwa,” or religious police.

    Married Saudi Girls Can't Divorce Until Puberty: Judge

  • The reasons why the mutawwa ban the celebration of Valentine's Day are a little vague.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • It took a surprisingly long time, given his stature as a top adviser to the future King Abdullah, but he talked the mutawwa out of beheading or lashing me, or whatever pound of flesh they wanted to exact because they saw an inch of flesh.

    NYT > Home Page

  • ANY Sunni Muslim man who "volunteers" to adopt even to non-compulsory aspect of the Quran and Sunnah (ie growing a beard, wearing high hemlines, proselytizing to the community, the extra prayers, etc.) is a "mutawwa."

    The Lede


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  • A member of the religious police in Saudi Arabia.

    December 29, 2007