Saudi Arabia and the Reagan Alliance

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Saudi Arabia and the Reagan Alliance Wealthy by comparison to other neighbors o Wealth concentrated at the top o Many poor workers Surrounded by other nations, some with large armies. Large numbers of various minorities live within Saudi Arabia Najd-starting point for unification of Saudi Arabia o Located in Riyadh Eastern Province-Petroleum o Shiites Mecca and Medina very cosmopolitan, people from all over the world Absolute Monarchy o Municipal elections i.e. Mayor o 5000-7000 princes Only 25 or so that matter Ibn Abd al-Wahhab o Muhammad ibn Abul Wahhab (1703-1787) Discouraged tribal nature worship in Najd No intercessions Praying to saints for help Saints aren’t Divine Tombs/Shrines = Idolatry No minarets No towers allowed on mosques No “ innovations
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Strict constructionist of the Quran o Islam has become idolatrous o Group Coercion Male attendance at public prayers obligatory Beard may not be shaved Strict moral behavior o Saudi Alliance Ibn Abdul Wahhab studies in Iraq, Iran Returns to Dar’iyah, Najd Authors The book of Monotheism Takes refuge with Muhammad Ibn Saud o Bargain
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  • Fall '08
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  • Saudi Arabia, Muhammad ibn Saud, Ibn Saud

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