The politics of witchcraft in the Muslim world (Middle East Quarterly)
"...the majority of news accounts implied that the woman was a victim of persecution by the Saudi government ... No Western reporters seemed to consider that the victim was actually practicing witchcraft, or why witchcraft is considered by the desert kingdom a crime punishable by death. ... magical beliefs can constitute an existential and political threat to Islamic religious leaders, provoking severe punishments and strict prohibitions of any practice not sanctioned by their authority. ... There is no doubt that clerics believe in the powers of jinn; they would no more question the existence of jinn than they would the Qur'an."