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date: 23 September 2020

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This article examines the relationship between religion and politics in Saudi Arabia. The discussions cover the nature and development of “Wahhabism,” the religious revival and reform movement founded by Muhammad Ibn `Abd al-Wahhab, Wahhabism’s connection to violence, debates over who speaks for Wahhabism, Wahhabism’s influence on the status of women in Saudi Arabia, and the impact of the global communications era. The article also addresses the issue of whether Wahhabism can reform itself.

Keywords: Saudi Arabian politics, religious thought, religious practice, Wahhabism, religious revival, reform movement

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