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Why this Ramadan TV comedy inflames, yet entertains

The second season of the Saudi show "Selfie" is winning popular praise but riling up critics during the particularly sensitive holy month.

Since the holy month of Ramadan began June 6, Saudis have been enchanted — and enraged — by “Selfie,” a famous serial TV comedy now in its second season. The show has inflamed public opinion and infuriated many Saudis.

Ramadan is associated with piety and intense rituals including prayers, charitable deeds and supplication. But in recent years, Ramadan has also brought heated debates, excommunication and even calls for beheading those who challenge people’s sense of piety and propriety.

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