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  • n. The religious police in an Islamic country


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  • Freedom lies behind courtyard walls, where private swimming pools glimmer and the eyes of the religious police, known as the mutaween, do not venture.

    Jeff Fleishman, LA Times: Pursuing Happiness Behind the Veil

  • In a rare criticism of the kingdom's powerful "mutaween" police, the Saudi media has accused them of hindering attempts to save 15 girls who died in the fire on Monday.

    Random Thoughts- Do They Have Meaning?

  • For many Yemenis, and for women in particular, this was another alarming sign of the growth of Salafi extremism - an unwelcome import from neighbouring Saudi Arabia where the "mutaween" religious police are part of the scenery.

    Planet Atheism

  • In 2009, he appointed the first female minister, Norah al-Faiz, as deputy education minister for women; the hardliner chief of the mutaween religious police was removed; and women were allowed to travel abroad or stay in hotels without permission of male guardians, provided local police were informed.

    Ida Lichter, M.D.: Saudi Reforms Thwarted By Puritanical Laws

  • Commanding women what to wear sounds like the mutaween, or the Saudi morality police, to me.

    Tax Attacks

  • Kenney's mutaween: keeping our minds safe from troubling foreign notions of peace, democracy and learning, and our country secure against those who express them.

    We are not amused

  • The mutaween restrict themselves to enforcing Sharia.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Helping the Iranian Protestors:

  • I believe the Basiji are substantially different from the mutaween.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Helping the Iranian Protestors:

  • An era has passed, and along with it earning opportunities for the Cape May mutaween and wool-merchants.

    Archive 2005-05-01

  • Anyone may now frolic in the skimpiest of swimsuits on the beaches of Cape May, without fear of interference by its Saudi Arabia-style mutaween, or religious police.

    Archive 2005-05-01


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  • Originally referred to the Saudi religious policemen, or enforcement officers of the Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice. Now can be extended to any similar body that enforces strict (and socially inhibiting) interpretations of religious law.

    February 6, 2008