Saudi Arabia’s Hijaz region is the cradle of Islam, the birthplace of the Prophet Mohammed. The Al-Sauds came to power in the 18th century, espousing Wahhabism, a strict form of Sunnism, which formed a strongly religious self-identity. The world’s largest oil reserves today accounts for 90% of exports.

Sorrowful Mysteries:  Intentions for Saudi Arabia

1. That the reform process may create a society with greater awareness of human rights.

2. That extremism may be countered with respect and tolerance

3. That the country’s development plan promoting women in society may become a reality

4. That migrant workers be granted equal rights.

5. That people may be given the freedom to worship

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