Saudi Arabia: Popular sci-fi novel banned

3 December 2013

A top selling Saudi Arabian science fiction novel has been removed from book shops across the country.


On 26 November 2013 representatives from the country’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice — the Haya’a — raided several bookshops selling the novel ‘H W J N’ by Ibraheem Abbas and Yasser Bahjatt’s, demanding it’d be taken off the shelves.

The science fiction novel was one of the country’s top-sellers since its release late April 2013.

A source who wishes to remain anonymous said the book is charged with “blasphemy and devil-worshiping”.

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