The ways in which artists and entertainers are changing culture in Saudi Arabia was discussed on a recent edition of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program.
Foley’s book, “Changing Saudi Arabia: Art, Culture, and Society in the Kingdom,” chronicles how painters, sculptors, filmmakers and even stand-up comedians are expressing views that previously would have been considered taboo in Saudi society.
“Their ideas are clear,” Foley said. “They’re sophisticated. They’re often talking about issues that are political, that have enormous impact, but in a way that is nonpartisan.”
Foley said these artists and performers are expressing their views in ways that are escaping retribution from the Saudi monarchy and the theocratic government.
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