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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...
2016-07-21 Kingdom denies issuing fatwa against Pokemon Go
Saudi ArabiaĆ¢??s Council Senior Religious Scholars on Thursday denied that it had revived a 15-year-old edict that declared the Pokemon game un-Islamic....
Past Feature Articles
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.

The Death of Prince Mish'al - Demise of the Allegiance Committee?

With the death of Prince Mish'al, Chairman of the Allegiance Commission - the formal entity established to decide succession matters - King Salman has an opportunity to reconstitute the body and restore its relevancy at a time of great uncertainty over the role of his favorite son, the controversial Muhammad, who serves as deputy crown prince. It is a course of action Salman is unlikely to take.

Hazards Ahead For Muhammad bin Salman: Trump To The Rescue?

The star of the deputy crown prince, Muhammad bin Salman, will rise now that the Americans have thrown their weight behind Saudi efforts to reign in Iranian regional influence. President Trump, an unlikely ally, may ensure that Muhammad's place in the succession is secure.

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