Saudi Arabia’s War on Magic

Saudi Arabia, being one of the most advanced and civilized states in the Middle East, has taken the next logical step towards an open and free society: training their religious police to combat magic.

The nation’s rligious police, officially named the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPV), has added a new training course for new recruits.  Not only will they be expected to understand and enforce the country’s standards of modesty, and to uphold morality, new recruits are undergoing a five-day course on how to fight witches, wizards, and the occult.

According to, the regime takes the threat of magic seriously.  In 2009, an “anti-witchcraft unit” was formed.  Saudi has also banned Harry Potter from bookshelves and movie theaters.  In short, as far as opinions on wizardry are concerned, my grandmother would love it there.

The Jerusalem Post reports:  There is no shortage of anecdotal evidence to say that the Saudis are right in their convictions. In 2011, the anti-witchcraft unit cracked the case of the cursed wolf’s head wrapped in lingerie, with officers able to break a spell allegedly keeping a family trapped in the cursed head’s power. It was not confirmed whether the officers themselves needed to use magic in breaking the curse, or just regular detective work.

Unfortunately, sorcery is no laughing matter for those accused of the crime, with Saudi Arabia carrying out the death penalty for those convicted. Amina bint Abdul Halim bin Salem Nasser was executed in 2011, having been convicted on charges of “sorcery and witchcraft.”

The next case these witch hunters will be taking on: where is Saudi’s oil money disappearing to?