ormed as a result of the influence of a variety of factors that include but are not limited to their religion, their culture, and the norms of the society they make part of. When one is residing or visiting a country they are required to follow that country’s laws to the letter, and each county has different laws. How do these countries come about forming their laws and regulations?
Some countries choose to have their laws written for the people by the people. These countries have a constitution, amendments and edicts imposed by a government that has the right to punish the citizens and choose what type of punishment is required. The laws may be developed with mutual consensus of the government and the citizens or the government alone depending upon whether there is presence or lack of democracy and to what extent. Other countries use religious scripts to dictate their laws and extract when, how and who to punish. When comparing between two countries of either extreme, a conservative, eastern country such as Saudi Arabia and a more liberal western country such as the United States it can be better understood how justice is perceived and executed depending on location and belief.
The kingdom of Saudi Arabia is known to be the birthplace of Islam. In a country where the entire population is Muslim it is natural that the law is derived from its inhabitants religion. Being that the law of the land is a shared belief among the people no one can defy the law, or object to it and it is accepted as the only judgment system people believe in and follow. People know the law for they are taught it from a very young age; children are taught religion with mathematics, science and arts because religion is integrated strongly with everyday life. In Saudi, the Qur’an and hadiths (the prophet’s spoken word) are the scripts with which the kingdom rules the people. They are often referred to as the very constitution of the law. It is a public belief that when one breaks the