As Prime Minister Imran Khan prioritises blasphemy in line with strong sentiment in Pakistan, and also with Saudi policy. He needs Saudi finance but is not personally close to the Saudis. Next problem: China and the Uighurs.
Many other shrines and pilgrimages in the Muslim world. Frontiers crossed. Shia take gold.
Turkey moves to presidential system. Odds on AKP victory, but opposition in with a chance. Importance for the Arab world.
The Eid holiday likely to begin on 15 June and lasts several days. A happy religious and secular occasion with a mix of traditional and modern.
a euphemism for extra judicial killing to protect the reputation of a family. Ancient and widespread, but information other than anecdotal exceptionally hard to find.
Final chapter in forthcoming e-book considers what will happen when the Saudi and Egyptian regimes fall and the West’s struggle against Jihad.
Saudi women are to be allowed to drive next year. A welcome decision but some opposition. Saudi government may be feeling its way towards wider reforms, but likely to be slow.
Hajj next week. History, significance, massive scale. Politics – last year Iran, this year Qatar.
Following eclipse of Western-style nationalism, socialism and fake democracy, political Islam prevailed in MENA for 40 years. But degraded by violence, now losing support and giving way to autocracy.
Atheism, apostasy, blasphemy, heresy condemned but much confusion about definitions. Atheists even in Saudi Arabia, keeping their heads down.