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Saudi Clerics and Shī‘a Islam

Raihan Ismail


This book examines the attitudes of the Saudi ‘ulāmā’ toward the Shī‘a. It is an in-depth study of the theological convictions of the ‘ulamā’ and their political motivation when examining Shī‘a sects, communities, and political actors. The Saudi ʻulamā’ are known for their strong opposition to Shīʻa theology, Shīʻa communities in Saudi Arabia, and external Shīʻa influences such as Iran and Hezbollah. This strong hostility, combined with the influence of the ‘ulamā’ within the Saudi state and the Muslim world, has led some commentators to blame the Saudi ʻulamā’ for what they see as growing sec ... More

Keywords: Muslim, ‘ulamā’, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Shī‘a, Middle East, Hezbollah

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190233310
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190233310.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Raihan Ismail, author
Associate Lecturer, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Australian National University