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Orthographic projection of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Part of a series on
Astronism in the Arab world and

Tanwir

 
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Algeria · Bahrain · Comoros · Djibouti · Egypt · Iraq · Jordan · Kuwait · Lebanon · Libya · Mauritania · Morocco · Oman · Palestine · Qatar · Saudi Arabia · Somalia · Sudan · Syria · Tunisia · United Arab Emirates · Yemen
Distinct Tanwiri concepts
Celesta · Cosmica · Milletticism · Cometanism · Astrony · Cosmicism
Distinct Tanwiri practices
Multifaricity · Inaptronymity · Appellatology · Appellation · Eponymity · Inaptronymous fault · Polynymity · Hyperappellation · Philosophomastics · Appellational derivation · Appellational category · Cryptonymity · Anthropomorphism in Millettism · Toponymity · Trade appellation · Denominationalism · Astrosa
Related topics
Millettism and Islam · Millettism in Asia · Millettism in North Africa · Millettism in the Middle East

Astronism in Saudi Arabia refers to the presence of the Astronist philosophy and religion in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The operations of the Astronist Institution in this country are under exiled management and jurisdiction of the Astronist Superiate of Saudi Arabia, a national subsidiary of the worldwide Astronist Institution.

The Astronist Superiate of Saudi Arabia oversees the construction and maintenance of observatories and planetariums throughout its jurisdiction. Saudi Arabia is split into thirteen regions and is set to hold one Grand Observatory in the capital city of Riyadh, which is to be one of only two Astronist observatories in the kingdom.

This national branch of the Astronist Institution manages the official representation and depiction of Astronism throughout this territory, including efforts to protect the identity of the philosophy with the intention of further disseminating it throughout the territory.

It is the Institution alone that is granted the status of proprietor to the philosophy in this territory as any other organisations or institutions proclaiming such a role are deemed as unauthorised proprietors and are therefore considered as part of the anti-Institutionist movement.

Other terms

Several terms are used to refer to the presence of Astronism in Saudi Arabia including:

  • Astro-Saudi Arabian philosophy (or Astro-Saudi philosophy)
  • Astro-Saudi Arabian religion (or Astro-Saudi religion)
  • Astro-Saudi Arabian spirituality (or Astro-Saudi spirituality)
  • Saudi Arabian astroncy (or Saudi astroncy)
  • Saudi Arabian Astronism (or Saudi Astronism)
  • Saudi Arabian astronomical religion (or Saudi astronomical religion)
  • Saudi Arabian Cosmism (or Saudi Cosmism)
  • Saudi Arabian space religion (or Saudi space religion
  • Saudi-Astronism
  • Saudi Tanwir

History of Astronism in Saudi Arabia

As of December 2020, Astronism is not recognised as a valid religion or religious group in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. According to the Astronist Institution's late 2020 report called the Demographics of Astronism, Saudi Arabia had a population of 440 Astronists. 

In its 2020 Astronist Freedom report, the Astronist Institution designated the religious liberties for Astronists in the country as terminal. This is the lowest possible ranking for a country’s religious freedoms that can be given by the Astronist Institution. Astronists are severely undermined and persecuted here and the Astronist Institution has expressed significant concerns regarding the violations of human rights both for Astronists and all religious minorities. 

A significant barrier to the further spread of Astronism in the country is the lack of accurate translations of Astronist materials in the dominant language of the nation. As of late 2020, the Omnidoxy had not been translated into Arabic, the most widely spoken language in Saudi Arabia which remains an issue for Astronists there.

Astronist demographics in Saudi Arabia

Year Number of Astronists
2019 400
2020 440

See also

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