Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia: Official Islam, Invented Tradition, and the Question of Religious vs. Political Opposition
November 1, – 5:30 – 7:00 PM. Carnegie Council on Ethnics and International Affairs. 170 East 64th Street.
Speaker = Pascal Menoret (French Center for Archeology and Social Sciences in Yemen)
Wahhabism is the official form of Islam in Saudi Arabia today and refers to a political and religious reform movement that was launched by Muhammad b. Abd al-Wahhab, an 18th century scholar. He is considered by some to be a great reformer of Islam, while others regard him as the father of Islamic terrorism.
Many contend that Wahhabism is or has become a dominant form of Islam thought through proselytization driven by Saudi funding; others contend that its influence is less widespread and that the observance of Wahhabism and the political manifestations that flow from it are more nuanced than its most doctrinaire interpretations.
Pascal Menoret will examine and analyze the very context of “Wahhabism,” providing us with keys to the present-day political reality of the Saudi Kingdom.
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