» 06/14/2012, 00.00
Saudi Arabia launches male talent show where it is forbidden to dance, sing and play music
Contestants will compete in rounds of poems, hymns and sports exhibitions dedicated to Allah and the Koran. The program will start next month in Burayadah, one of the most fundamentalist cities of the Saudi kingdom. It is forbidden to women.
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For head of Al-Azhar, religious education reform is needed to stop Islamic extremism
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