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meth­ods meant to ex­or­cise “demons” or to ward off a spell or a curse or some other in­vis­i­ble mag­i­cal force.

Ad­vances in the treat­ment of mental ill­ness in Saudi Ara­bia be­gan to be made in the 1950s, with the build­ing of the first psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tal in Taif prov­ince. The prob­lem with the Taif Mental Hos­pi­tal in Sha­har was that it was the only one of its kind for a pop­u­la­tion of six to eight mil­lion peo­ple. Progress was grad­ual and not easy, with all kinds of pub­lic ex­pec­ta­tions vy­ing for pol­i­cy­mak­ing pri­or­ity.

In the same way that so­cial problems such as spouse abuse

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