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2017-09-07 Saudi Prince Claims Twitter Account Was Hacked
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2017-01-15 Saudi Arabia's religious authority says cinemas, song concerts harmful
Saudi Arabia's top religious authority has called cinemas and singing concerts harmful and corrupting, in a move that could complicate government efforts to introduce cul...
2016-11-17 Grand mufti backs conscription
Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Asheikh supports the idea of mandatory conscription that would see Saudi youths participate in military serv...
2016-09-10 Top Saudi cleric 'will not deliver' traditional sermon
Saudi Arabia's top cleric will not deliver a traditional Hajj sermon to pilgrims for the first time in 35 years, reports say. The speech from Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, the...
2016-09-10 Hajj Live Stream
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2016-09-03 Council of Senior Scholars warn against dividing ummah
The General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars warned against inciting and stoking sedition among Muslims belonging to different schools of thought....
2016-09-01 Arafat Day is on Sept. 11
Arafat Day, when Hajis stand in prayer on the plains of Arafat near Makkah at the peak of the annual pilgrimage, will be on Sunday, Sept. 11, the semi-official Sabq.org w...
2016-08-25 Saudis' Harsh Vision of Islam Blamed for Rising Extremism
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump do not agree on much, but Saudi Arabia may be an exception. She has deplored Saudi Arabia's support for radical schools and mosques aroun...
2016-07-30 No mosque sermon without permission
A forum entitled Fiqh of loyalty and citizenship, organized by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance in Taif over a span of two days with the participation o...
2016-07-21 Al-Sudais visits bin Baz mosque in the English town of Banbury
Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais visited Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Baz mosque in the English town of Banbury on Wednesday. Al-Sudais, General President of the Affairs of the Gran...
Past Feature Articles
Changing Family Dynamics: End of an Interlude?

As traditional assumptions about the place of consensus, seniority and compromise in domestic family politics are cast aside in the face of new realities, any discussion of succession must take into account the evolving dynamics. The more recent history of the Al Saud, in fact, and the impression drawn of of stability, practicality, and quiet competence, may, in the larger scheme, prove more the exception than the rule.

Succession Shock - The Trump Effect?

The King has replaced Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayif with his own son, Muhammad, the deputy crown prince and defense minister, in a move which, though not entirely unexpected, represents a seismic shift in the succession dynamic. Now, the position of deputy crown prince remains vacant - will Salman abdicate in favor of his son, and who will be next in line?

The End of Consensus: Uncharted Terrain?

The rapid promotion of King Salman's son, Muhammad, highlights a fundamental contrast between the king and his predecessor. In the matter of succession, owing to his position within the royal family and a different outlook resulting from that advantage, Salman can afford to downplay the role of consensus and effect a radical break from the past.

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