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Can Mohammed Bin Salman’s Reforms Combat Extremism?

Can Mohammed Bin Salman’s Reforms Combat Extremism?

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For years, we were used to the image of an elderly man sitting on the throne of Saudi Arabia, bringing with him the winds of old Arabia and its pre-oil times. The modern world stood afar from him like a movie on the screen, and the only thing that seemed familiar was the Saudi Royal palace that carried memories of the old generation. Now, it’s a whole other story. Crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman is now attending Hollywood dinners, trading his traditional garment at times for a suit, and is smiling eagerly at the cameras, shrugging off the sands of Arabia behind him and looking towards the tall and futuristic skyscrapers ahead. His mission? To root out extremism and return the kingdom back to “moderate Islam.” In an interview with the Guardian, Bin Salman blamed the Iranian revolution for exporting the rigid social doctrines, and that “changing Saudi Arabia for the better means helping the region and changing the world.” The most indicative example of this shift is the new ban on the Saudi religious police from arresting citizens and allowing women to drive. Changing the world and the Arab region is indeed not unusual for Saudi Arabia. For over a decade, it has been responsible for pumping billions of cash to conservative religious leaders to help them spread a dated and harsh version of Islam – Wahhabism – in an attempt to counter the Iranian threat. Fast-forward to now, Bin Salman comes to put a barrier on the road and says, “now is the time to get rid of it.”

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تنوية هام: الموقع غير مسئول عن صحة ومصداقية الخبر يتم نشره نقلاً عن مصادر صحفية أخرى، ومن ثم لا يتحمل أي مسئولية قانونية أو أدبية وإنما يتحملها المصدر الرئيسى للخبر. والموقع يقوم فقط بنقل ما يتم تداولة فى الأوساط الإعلامية المصرية والعالمية لتقديم خدمة إخبارية متكاملة.

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