Is Saudi Arabia’s Ruling Family Ready to Say Goodbye to Wahhabism?

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has called into question the degree to which the rule of the Al Sauds remains dependent on the religious legitimization of the Wahhabi establishment.

Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, the Saudi Arabia's Wahhabi grand mufti, prays at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 9, 2010. Hassan Ammar | AP

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman could well dash expectations that he is gunning for a break with Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism rather than a shaving off of the rough edges of Wahhabi ideology that has been woven into the kingdom’s fabric since its founding more than eighty years ago. Prince Mohammed has fuelled expectations by fostering

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Dear Salafist Wahhabi Apologists

Your head chopper heroes are apparently not what Syrians have in mind when they think of democratic revolution.

Mehdi Hasan (MH) can hardly be blamed for the ignorance that he displays in his Intercept article, “Dear Bashar al-Assad Apologists: Your Hero Is a War Criminal Even If He Didn’t Gas Syrians.”  He has apparently never been to Syria, doesn’t often do research on Syria, and gets his information from proponents of a single point of view, representing

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Ultimate Hypocrisy: Saudi Crown Prince touts Religious Tolerance in NYC

Saudi Arabia is not religiously tolerant. It is religiously intolerant in ways that contradict Islam and give the religion a bad name.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the Pentagon in Washington, March 22, 2018. (AP/Cliff Owen)

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s charm offensive in New York allegedly involved meeting Oprah Winfrey, which may be the only canny thing I’ve ever heard of him doing. He also had some religious leaders over to his condominium in NYC to stress the importance of religious tolerance. MbS may be sincere, but here is an area where he has to

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US Allows Saudi Arabia To Plant Wahhabi Seed In Raqqa Rubble

With the U.S. intent on freezing the Syrian government out of the Raqqa rebuilding process, it has now looked to the Saudis for funding and planning. The Saudi point man for the project is a known anti-Shiite sectarian, espousing much of the belief system of the ousted Daesh terrorists.

A traffic roundabout in the city of Raqqa, Syria, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. U.S.-backed fighters were removing land mines and clearing roads in the northern city a day after commanders said they had driven ISIS from its de facto capital. (AP/Asmaa Waguih)

The fight to free the Syrian city of Raqqa from Daesh (ISIS) -- by the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), led by U.S. special forces -- has all but ended. With Raqqa now under SDF control, the question has become how to rebuild the former Daesh stronghold. The reconstruction of Raqqa will undoubtedly last longer than the siege to

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The Awkward Moment When The State Department “Celebrates” Saudi Women Being Allowed To Drive

Saudi Arabia made the unexpected announcement that its longtime ban on women driving is set to be lifted.

In this March 29, 2010 file photo, Saudi women visit the Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market (STTIM) fair in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

We're just happy!" State Department spokesperson Heather Naurt said with a huge grin on her face. The AP journalist immediately rains on her parade, "Would you still say they [Saudi Arabia] need to do... a lot more with women's rights?" "I think we're just happy today..." she said, this time with a frown, trying to hold back her angry

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Israel’s Yinon Plan, Saudi Wahhabism & US Wars: Arab Christians Pushed Into Mass Exodus

“The real danger lies in whether the Christian world loses the last early Christians…the last ancient souls of the earth.” Such is the dire prediction by one writer regarding the ongoing exodus of Arab Christians from the Middle East – an exodus triggered by Western neo-colonialism and Zionist expansion that suits the military-industrial complex.

Syria Festival of the Cross

In the United States, religion is a major part of public life – so much so that it often finds its way into politics. At the national level of politics, it has historically been difficult to win an election, particularly at the national or state level, if one follows a faith not shared by the vast majority of religious Americans: Christianity.

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