Keep these thoughts in mind:
1. His name was Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal bin Turki, but he was better known simply as King Abdullah
2. He's dead.
3. He was considered a 'moderate,' meaning he wasn't quite as bad as the baddest Muslims.
4. John Kerry hailed him as "a man of wisdom and vision" and a "revered leader".
5. He banned women drivers.
6. Four of his 15 daughters lived under house arrest.
7. He divorced the mother of those daughters under house arrest, Alanoud Al-Fayez, multiple times.
8. That's not to say he didn't like women. After all, he had at least seven wives that we know of and may have had as many as 30.
9. He beheaded humans whom he deemed as bad guys; homosexuals were sentenced to death.
10. Last June, in an email exchange with a Middle East affairs news site, Princess Sahar explained why she and her sister had been ostracised by the rest of the royal family:
"We, along with our mother, have always been vocal all our lives about poverty, women's rights and other causes that are dear to our hearts. We often discussed them with our father. It did not sit well with him and his sons Mitab and AbdelAziz and their entourage. We have been the targets ever since.
"We have been treated abysmally all our lives, but it got worse during the past 15 years. When Hala began to work as an intern at a hospital in Riyadh, she discovered political prisoners thrown in psychiatric wards, drugged and shamed to discredit them. She complained to her superiors and got reprimanded. She began to receive threatening messages if she didn't back off. The situation deteriorated, and we discovered that she was also being drugged. She was kidnapped from the house, left in the desert, then thrown in Olaysha's Women's Jail, Riyadh. She soon became yet another victim of the system, as were the so-called patients (political prisoners) she was trying to help. Maha, Jawaher and I have all been drugged at some point. ... We have been told to lose all hope of ever having a normal life."
Since the series of media stories last year, reports on the condition of the princesses have dried up. On social media, their mother continues to call for their release, using the hashtag #Freethe4. She holds regular protests in London urging action.
As news of her ex-husband's death spread around the world, Fayez issued just one short tweet on Friday, quoting a Koranic verse: "We belong to Allah, and to Him we will return."
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