Saudi Stories

Series featuring remarkable interviews with people from the closed and often secretive society of SAUDI ARABIA.

Bill Law has made many trips to the kingdom which is taking tentative steps towards greater openness.

This time he succeeded in gaining access to reformers, officials and many of those people caught up in the ongoing struggle between traditionalists and modernisers at a crucial time in the country's history.

What emerges is a glimpse of a society which has traditional remained closed to journalists in the West but is grappling with change.

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01The Extremists20050621

Series featuring remarkable interviews with people from the closed and often secretive society of SAUDI ARABIA.

Bill Law has made many trips to the kingdom which is taking tentative steps towards greater openness.

This time he succeeded in gaining access to reformers, officials and many of those people caught up in the ongoing struggle between traditionalists and modernisers at a crucial time in the country's history.

What emerges is a glimpse of a society which has traditional remained closed to journalists in the West but is grappling with change.Bill Law talks to an former jihadist who has turned his back on violence and a brigadier general whose job is to hunt down extremists.

02The Constitutional Three20050628

Bill Law hears from the wife of a man jailed for challenging the ruling House of SAUD and those fighting to free him and his two colleagues.

03The Candidates20050705

Bill Law talks to two people who put themselves up for election in Saudi Arabia earlier this year: a businessman who was virtually guaranteed victory as soon as he entered the race and a woman who was told she couldn't run.

04The Writers20050712

Bill Law hears from two writers: a professor who was sentenced to 200 lashes for criticising religious zealots and a young journalist who is testing the limits of what she can write.

05 LASTThe Booklet20050719

Bill Law talks to Saudi reformers determined to root out extremism about a booklet inciting Muslims to take violent action against unbelievers.