(CNN) -- Saudi Arabia's religious police detained two male novelists for questioning last week after they attempted to get the autograph of a female writer at a book fair in Riyadh, according to local media reports.
According to the Saudi daily newspaper Al-Watan, Abdu Khal and Abdullah Thabet approached female writer Halima Muzfar when they were stopped by police.
Both novelists, who were held for questioning but not charged with a crime, are demanding an apology from the conservative Muslim kingdom's Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.
The commission, feared by many Saudis, is made up of several thousand religious policemen charged with, among other things, enforcement of dress codes, mandatory observance of prayer times and segregation of the sexes.
Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islam called Wahhabism and punishes unrelated men and women who are caught mingling in public.
The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Saudi), CNN 37 Comments
[3/8/2009 1:00:15 PM]
Fundie Index: 5
Submitted By: Russell
Wanting to get her "autograph". Yeah, we've all heard that line before.
I remember as a teenager, crawling out my bedroom window so I could meet up with girls who would give me their autograph.
Way to to religious police!
3/8/2009 12:03:58 PM
Madness, that's what it is.
3/8/2009 12:11:16 PM
Yeah I saw this, it sucks.
3/8/2009 12:12:32 PM
Just for one day I wish the conservative Muslim countries would take a day off. Get up in the morning and dress how ever he/she would like. Go out for a nice walk and actually look other people in the eye and say hello and have a chat and get to know some other people, yes of the opposite sex, and realize how interesting other people can be, and just enjoy life.
Of course it will never happen becaue 99% of the people would not ever want to go back to the day before and the people in control know that.
3/8/2009 12:24:13 PM
"Saudi Arabia follows a strict interpretation of Islam called Wahhabism"
And the fundie right wouldn't do any of this and more?
3/8/2009 12:36:08 PM
We all get shit from the Christians day in and day out, that's what this whole bloody site is about. but Muslims are just nut's. I'm sorry but I can't stand this shit. the conservative Muslim countries out there are horrible places and I don't know why everyone puts up with it.
what's really getting to me lately is how even mentioning this kind of thing is treated like some kind of hate crime. they run the most backwards and tyrannical countries in the world and everyone I know seems to think that just because it's their religion they have some kind of right to treat women like slaves and govern their countries like 1984.
3/8/2009 12:39:34 PM
They were probably unnerved by the presence of a woman who could read.
3/8/2009 12:45:10 PM
Yet more proof that conservative Muslims are even worse then conservative Christians.
If you happen to be female in those countries it's worse then the Dark Ages.
3/8/2009 12:51:26 PM
The world tolerates these retards because they have the majority of the oil the world needs to maintain it's economies.
All the more reason to find an alternate source of energy and kiss off on these idiots.
3/8/2009 1:01:40 PM
There you are fundies. A nation for you to look up to. A nation for fundies to admire. A nation whose religion is something that fundies aspire to.
3/8/2009 1:15:58 PM
It's like they are actively trying to be nuttier than our fundies.
3/8/2009 1:25:54 PM
If the U.N. gets its way, it WILL be a hate crime. They're trying to push it through right now...no criticizing Islam. Fun times, eh?
3/8/2009 1:32:47 PM
Oh, you know that's a christian fundies wet dream.
3/8/2009 1:36:50 PM
3/8/2009 2:20:32 PM
I've decided the entire country(is it a country, right? I need to look that up) of Saudi Arabia isn't real.
It's the only way I can keep my sanity.
3/8/2009 2:24:07 PM
one of those days I'm glad no one listens to the U.N.
3/8/2009 2:51:03 PM
So fucked up.
Saudi Arabia is a wart on the ass of humanity.
I am SO glad I don't live there!
3/8/2009 2:51:43 PM
"The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice"
They couldn't come up with a shorter name? Something like... "Law Enforcement" or .. "Fun Police".. were all those taken?
3/8/2009 3:16:13 PM
And the best part is that we're supposed to "respect" these people and their freedom of religion.
Fuck repect and everybody who advocates it in favour of those assholes, i'm sick and tired of having to defend the inalienable right to believe whatever the fuck you want for people who continuously stomp on it.
From now on the game goes on like this: you respect other people's creeds you get respect back. You don't? too fucking bad, you'll get what you deserve.
3/8/2009 4:07:21 PM
I really wish Backwards Day hit Saudi Arabia one of these days, so they can know how it feels to be in the other side's shoes. Stone that man!
3/8/2009 5:35:11 PM
Hey, at least she can read.
3/8/2009 6:05:58 PM
I'm shocked a female author was allowed to be at a public book fair "flaunting herself" in the first place.
3/8/2009 7:02:11 PM
There are female writers in Saudi Arabia?
3/8/2009 7:35:17 PM
More like Whatthefuckism.
3/8/2009 7:52:09 PM
Yep. That's a no-no. As a man, you aren't supposed to talk to women without one of their male relatives being there. She might show off too much of her wrist as she writes the autographs otherwise. :P
3/9/2009 12:22:03 AM