In an interview with the Guardian, the Saudi crown prince has pledged to return the kingdom to moderate Islam.  Prince Mohammed’s use of the term ‘moderate Islam’ implies that the Saudi royals’ Wahhabi ideology is an extreme and untrue version of the religion. And for decades Saudi officials have been spending their petrodollars on propagating Wahhabism by funding madrassas, schools and mosques that teach a strict, Salafist version of Islam in other parts of the world including Southeast Asia. Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have in recent years been witnessing a surge in the number of Daesh sympathizers. Elsewhere in the interview, Prince Mohammed said Saudi Arabia had been not normal for the past 30 years.  He blamed the situation on rigid doctrines that have governed society in a reaction to the Iranian revolution, which the crown prince said successive leaders didn’t know how to deal with.1

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Footnotes

  1. This interview with Shabbir Hassanally was conducted by PressTV‘s On the News Line Program broadcast on October 28, 2017

Written by Shabbir Hassanally

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