Category Archives: Islam

Witchcraft, An Idiom of Power (Gambia)

The Gambia Journal, 21 April, 2009

It has been about two weeks since anything was heard of about the notorious witch-hunters supposedly ordered in by President Yahya Jammeh. This came after international public opinion focused some attention on the weird developments in the country following the arrest of opposition politician Halifa Sallah last month. Continue reading


Elderly man charged with practising sorcery for profit (Dubai)

Bassam Za’za’, Gulf News, 5 Aug. 2011

Dubai: An 82-year-old suspect denied in court yesterday the charge of practising sorcery to profit illegally and claimed that he only reads Quran to cure patients.

Prosecutors charged the elderly defendant, M.S., who doesn’t carry personal identification documents, with practising sorcery and performing magic to gain money unlawfully. Continue reading

Ahmadinejad allies charged with sorcery (Iran)

Saeed Kamali Dehghan, The Guardian, Thursday 5 May 2011

Close allies of Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have been accused of using supernatural powers to further his policies amid an increasingly bitter power struggle between him and the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Continue reading

Ahmadinejad’s cleric charged with sorcery (Iran)

UPI, May 9, 2011 

TEHRAN, May 9 (UPI) — Charges of sorcery against a cleric close to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad show the height of political turmoil in the country, an analyst said.
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Saudi Arabia’s ‘Anti-Witchcraft Unit’ breaks another spell

David Miller, The Jerusalem Post, 20 July 2011

When the severed head of a wolf wrapped in women’s lingerie turned up near the city of Tabouk in northern Saudi Arabia this week, authorities knew they had another case of witchcraft on their hands, a capital offence in the ultra-conservative desert kingdom. Continue reading

‘Sorcerer’ cheated newlywed out of Dh15,000, police say

The National, Awad Mustafa, 18 July 2011

DUBAI // Dubai Police have arrested a “sorcerer” who cheated a newly married woman out of Dh15,000, officials said yesterday. Continue reading

Saudi Arabia plans to behead woman accused of being a witch

Daily Telegraph, 14 February 2008

Saudi Arabia’s religious police plan to behead a woman accused of being a witch, a human rights group said yesterday. Continue reading