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Saudi Arabia Bans Books by Pro-Brotherhood Authors

Saudi authorities ban the sale of books by two Islamist authors known to be sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 6/4/2014, 2:17 AM

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Saudi authorities have banned the sale of books by two Islamist authors known to be sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Arabiya reports, citing the London-based Arabic daily Al-Hayat.

The Saudi-owned paper said it has confirmed information that books authored by Saudi cleric Salman al-Odah and his Kuwaiti counterpart Tariq al-Suwaidan were ordered to be removed from the bookstores.

Hussein al-Ghamdi, manager of a bookstore in Jeddah, told Al-Hayat that he received orders from the Saudi religious police to remove the books of Odah and Suwaidan from the shelves “immediately.”

Ghamdi said he complied with the order, which he said could be reversed in the future.

He described Odah and Suwaidan’s books as “popular.”

Both Odah and Suwaidan are popular especially in the Gulf region. On Twitter, Odah has more than 4.7 million followers while Suwaidan has almost 3 million, according to Al Arabiya.

The move is the latest in a campaign by the Saudi authorities to fight terrorism and prevent Saudi nationals from going to Syria to take part in the fighting there.

In early March, Saudi Arabia blacklisted the Muslim Brotherhood and two Syrian jihadist groups as terrorist organizations, ordering citizens fighting abroad to return home within 15 days or face imprisonment.

The move came two days after Saudi Arabia, along with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, recalled their ambassadors from Qatar, which supports Islamists groups in the region and was a backer of the Brotherhood.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of the Shavuot holiday in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)