Irreligion in Saudi Arabia

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Irreligion in Saudi Arabia is difficult to measure as it is illegal to leave the Islamic faith in the country.[1][2][3] Most atheists in Saudi Arabia communicate with each other via the internet.[4][5]

According to a 2012 poll by WIN-Gallup International, 19% of 502 Saudi Arabians surveyed stated they were "not religious", and 5% that they were "convinced atheists".[6][7][8]

In March 2014, the Saudi interior ministry issued a royal decree branding all atheists as terrorists, which defines terrorism as "calling for atheist thought in any form, or calling into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which this country is based."[9]

Apostasy is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia.[10]

List of Non-religious Saudis[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Why Are Saudis Tearing Up the Quran?". Vocativ. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  2. ^ "Atheists Classified As Terrorists Under New Saudi Arabian Laws". Huffington Post. Archived from the original on 2014-04-04. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  3. ^ "Saudi Arabia: A wave of atheism or a misunderstanding". Al Arabiya. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2012-11-28.
  4. ^ "'Fighting Reality': Life as an atheist in Saudi Arabia". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2012-11-24. Retrieved 2012-11-28.
  5. ^ "Interview with a Saudi atheist". Your Middle East. Archived from the original on 2014-03-25. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
  6. ^ "Global Index of Religiosity and Atheism" (PDF). Gallup. 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 July 2017. Retrieved 2013-08-06.
  7. ^ Max Fisher & Caitlin Dewey (23 May 2013). "A surprising map of where the world's atheists live". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 23 July 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Atheism explodes in Saudi Arabia, despite state-enforced ban". Salon. Archived from the original on 2014-06-14. Retrieved 2014-06-14.
  9. ^ Adam Withnall (1 April 2014). "Saudi Arabia declares all atheists are terrorists in new law to crack down on political dissidents - Middle East - World". The Independent. Archived from the original on 28 December 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Saudi executioner tells all". BBC News. 5 June 2003. Archived from the original on 1 April 2009. Retrieved 18 December 2016.

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