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Saudi Arabia’s Impracticable Alliances Saudi Wahhabism at home and abroad and the arrogation of Islam
Islamic Societies Review (2016)
  • Ahmed E SOUAIAIA
Abstract
Before WikiLeaks released the Saudi diplomatic cables in 2010, the rulers of Saudi Arabia had cultivated the image of being deliberate, moderate, and averse to confrontation. Since the start of 2011, the Saudi rulers have behaved in ways that annulled that perception. The Saudi rulers hosted the Tunisian dictator and refused to extradite him to face criminal and corruption charges, criticized the U.S. for not standing by Hosni Mubarak, turned down a coveted seat on the UNSC, sent its armed forces to crush a peaceful protest in Bahrain, armed Salafists to overthrow the Syrian government, engineered a political coup that displaced the democratically elected prime minister of Iraq--Nuri al-Maliki, and launched a brutal war on Yemen committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in the process. Days before beheading a religious leader who spoke against the oppression of Shias, the deputy crown prince and minister of war of the kingdom announced the creation of an “Islamic military coalition,” consisting of 34 countries to combat terrorism. These are not the actions and temperament of deliberate, moderate leaders. These are the actions of impetuous, nervous, and paranoid autocrats who seem to be running out of options as their internal, regional, and global allies abandon them.
Keywords
  • Saudi Arabia,
  • Wahhabism,
  • Salafism,
  • Islamic sects,
  • U.S. Middle East foreign policy
Publication Date
Winter February 25, 2016
Citation Information
Ahmed E SOUAIAIA. "Saudi Arabia’s Impracticable Alliances Saudi Wahhabism at home and abroad and the arrogation of Islam" Islamic Societies Review (2016)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/souaiaia/28/