Saudi Islamic affairs ministry goes online

21:18, January 20, 2011      

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Saudi Arabia has moved firmly into the Internet age to fight extremism, launching a Website for the ministry of Islamic affairs to help it promote moderate Islam, state-run SPA news agency reported Thursday.

The website,, will go online on January 23, allowing Internet users to be updated on the latest publications of the ministry.

The Website will feature a section to help imams (Muslim preachers) prepare their sermons.

Saudi officials, including the interior minister, have urged state religious bodies and researchers to try to combat the spread of extremist views.

Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam and a home to Islam's two holiest shrines, faces mounting pressure from the West to crack down on radical clerics and extremism.

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