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House of Saud

A kingdom divided

Source : Caryle Murphy | GlobalPost
JEDDAH : Saudi Arabia | 15 Jul 2010

On Sept. 11, 2001, Ahmed Bin Baz was on vacation in Paris, and as he watched the horrors in New York and Washington unfold on television, he felt “a huge shock” that resonated on a deeply spiritual level.

As details emerged of how 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi and that the plot was authored by another Saudi, Osama bin Laden, a host of religious assumptions that long had gone uncontested in the House of Saud were suddenly thrown into question for this Islamic intellectual.

House at war: Saudi's struggle to reclaim Islam

Source : Caryle Murphy | GlobalPost
RIYADH : Saudi Arabia | 22 Jun 2010

Ibrahim Al Maiman, a respected Muslim scholar, calls himself “a son” of Al Imam Muhammed bin Saud University, theological citadel of Saudi Arabia's ultraconservative version of Islam.

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