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{{QualityScore|Lead=2|Structure=3|Content=3|Language=2|References=2}}'''Mutaween''' (المطوعين‎ ''muṭawiʿin'', literally meaning "volunteers")<ref>Hans Wehr - [http://www.amazon.com/Arabic-English-Dictionary-Modern-Written-Arabic/dp/0879500034/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1298902487&sr=1-1 The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic] - Spoken Language Services, 1994, ISBN 0879500034, p. 670</ref> is commonly used as a term for [[Islam|Islamic]], government-authorized or recognized ''religious police''.<ref>or ''clerical police'' or ''public order police''</ref> In Islamic states in which the governments are either directly controlled by, or fall significantly under the influence of, Islamic clergy, the Mutaween enforce the state's interpretation of the [[Islamic Law|Shari'ah]]. Alternate names include; clerical police, hisbah groups, morality police, moral police, public order police, religious police, sex police, and virtue police.
==Definition==
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'''Mutaween''' (المطوعين‎ ''muṭawiʿin'', literally meaning "volunteers" )<ref>Hans Wehr - [http://www.amazon.com/Arabic-English-Dictionary-Modern-Written-Arabic/dp/0879500034/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1298902487&sr=1-1 The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic] - Spoken Language Services, 1994, ISBN 0879500034, p. 670</ref> is commonly used as a term for [[Islam|Islamic]], government-authorized or recognized ''religious police''.<ref>or ''clerical police'' or ''public order police''</ref> Islamic states in which the governments are either directly controlled by, or fall significantly under the influence of, Islamic clergy, they enforce [[Islamic Law|Shari'ah]]. Alternate names include; clerical police, hisbah groups, morality police, moral police, public order police, religious police, sex police, and virtue police.
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In contrast to the legislatively-restrained police forces of secular nations, the religious police have broad and arbitrary discretionary powers of surveillance, entry to property, detention and interrogation of suspects, and, in some places, summary judgment and application of punishment for perceived violations of Shari'ah. The religious police discipline both Muslims and non-Muslims in Islamic states.
 
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In contrast to the legislatively-restrained police forces of secular nations, the religious police have broad and arbitrary discretionary powers of surveillance, entry to property, detention and interrogation of suspects, and, in some places, summary judgment and application of punishment for perceived violations of Shari'ah. The religious police discipline both Muslims and non-Muslims in Islamic states.
      
==Qur'anic Basis==
 
==Qur'anic Basis==
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===Other countries===
 
===Other countries===
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There are morality police forces in other places, too. For example, they can be found in [[Indonesia]],<ref>[http://www.indonesiamatters.com/1036/unislamic-behaviour/ UnIslamic Behaviour] - Indonesia Matters, December 27, 2006</ref> northern [[Nigeria]], [[Malaysia]],<ref>[http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSSP27770920070706 Singer draws ire of religious police], ''Reuters'', Jul 6, 2007</ref> the Gaza Strip,<ref>Khaled Abu Toameh - [http://fr.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1246443716574 They accused me of laughing in public] - Jerusalem Post, July 4, 2009</ref><ref>Jonathan Spyer - [http://fr.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1254163537553&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull Analysis: The Islamic republic of Gaza] - Jerusalem Post, September 29, 2009</ref> and elsewhere.
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There are morality police forces in other places, too. For example, they can be found in [[Indonesia]],<ref>[http://www.indonesiamatters.com/1036/unislamic-behaviour/ UnIslamic Behaviour] - Indonesia Matters, December 27, 2006</ref> northern [[Nigeria]], [[Malaysia]],<ref>[http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSSP27770920070706 Singer draws ire of religious police], ''Reuters'', Jul 6, 2007</ref> the Gaza Strip,<ref>Khaled Abu Toameh - [http://fr.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1246443716574 They accused me of laughing in public] - Jerusalem Post, July 4, 2009</ref><ref>Jonathan Spyer - [http://fr.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1254163537553&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull Analysis: The Islamic republic of Gaza] - Jerusalem Post, September 29, 2009</ref> and elsewhere.
    
==See also==
 
==See also==
* [[Abdul Rashid Ghazi]]
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*[[Abdul Rashid Ghazi]]
    
==External links==
 
==External links==
    
;Iran
 
;Iran
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*[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3887311.stm Iran police in fashion crackdown]''- BBC News, July 12, 2004''
 
*[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3887311.stm Iran police in fashion crackdown]''- BBC News, July 12, 2004''
 
*[http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,988666,00.html?promoid=googlep Old Iran... ...Vs. New] ''- Scott Macleod, TIME, July 6, 1998''
 
*[http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,988666,00.html?promoid=googlep Old Iran... ...Vs. New] ''- Scott Macleod, TIME, July 6, 1998''
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;Saudi Arabia
 
;Saudi Arabia
*"[http://www.asianews.it/view.php?l=en&art=5869 Catholic priest arrested and expelled from Riyadh] - ''Asia News, April 10, 2006 ''  
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* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/1874471.stm "Saudi police 'stopped' fire rescue"] ''- BBC News, March 15, 2002''
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*"[http://www.asianews.it/view.php?l=en&art=5869 Catholic priest arrested and expelled from Riyadh] - ''Asia News, April 10, 2006 ''
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*[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/1874471.stm "Saudi police 'stopped' fire rescue"] ''- BBC News, March 15, 2002''
 
*[http://www.memri.de/uebersetzungen_analysen/laender/persischer_golf/saudi_flogging_19_01_04.html The Saudi Media Debates Flogging by the Saudi Religious Police] ''- MEMRI, January 19, 2004''
 
*[http://www.memri.de/uebersetzungen_analysen/laender/persischer_golf/saudi_flogging_19_01_04.html The Saudi Media Debates Flogging by the Saudi Religious Police] ''- MEMRI, January 19, 2004''
*[http://www.nysun.com/article/13103 Saudis Arrest Christians For Spreading 'Poison'] ''- NY Sun, May 2, 2005''  
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*[http://www.nysun.com/article/13103 Saudis Arrest Christians For Spreading 'Poison'] ''- NY Sun, May 2, 2005''
 
*[http://www.sptimes.com/2002/webspecials02/saudiarabia/day1/story1.shtml Inside Saudi Arabia]
 
*[http://www.sptimes.com/2002/webspecials02/saudiarabia/day1/story1.shtml Inside Saudi Arabia]
 
*[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2399885.stm "Saudi minister rebukes religious police"] ''-BBC News, November 4, 2002''
 
*[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2399885.stm "Saudi minister rebukes religious police"] ''-BBC News, November 4, 2002''
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===Videos===
 
===Videos===
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*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zYKlSeIbrw&feature=player_embedded Arrest of Iranian girl for not wearing head scarf properly! April 2007 Tehran] ''- Youtube''
 
*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zYKlSeIbrw&feature=player_embedded Arrest of Iranian girl for not wearing head scarf properly! April 2007 Tehran] ''- Youtube''
 
*[http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-635284816900506895&q# The Interviews] ''- Google Videos''
 
*[http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-635284816900506895&q# The Interviews] ''- Google Videos''
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