Despite all this, there is an underground culture of rock bands and concerts hidden away from the eyes of religious officials.

Banned: Gyms and sports for women For a while, private gyms for women were allowed to operate until the Religious Police decided to close them down for good.

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Many actions that are considered illegal have no actual written laws to ban them – a lot of them are not even addressed in the Quran.

Some of these bans also occur in other countries, but this list is specifically about Saudi Arabia since I was born there and I grew up (along with millions of others) shackled by these laws.

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In Saudi Arabia there are no specific statutes or laws to govern by.

The sole constitution that is used is the Quran, which all judges have to interpret conservatively.

Banned: The mixing of sexes at malls and restaurants In many malls in Saudi, only “families” are allowed.

And by families, they mean either women visiting a mall by themselves, or men who are accompanied by women.

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