Category Archives: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia and the West’s right wing: A dubious alliance

Saudi-far right links James Dorsey highlights Saudi Arabia’s courting of European far-right groups, including Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, the Danish People’s Party, the Swedish Democrats, and Europe of Nations and Freedom, a bloc of far-right parties in the European parliament. Read more [...]

Whither Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabism?

Ibn SaudI and Ibn Wahhab

James Dorsey analyses the structural societal and political obstacles to Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s professed desire to reform and modernise Saudi Arabia and place it on the path of an undefined “moderate Islam”. Read more [...]

Saudi religious diplomacy targets Jerusalem

Saudi-Israeli love affair

James Dorsey analyses Saudi-UAE efforts to seize control of Israeli-occupied Jerusalem’s Islamic sites from Jordan, which include overtures to Israel and coopting Palestinian collaborators, foremost disgraced former security official Muhammad Dahlan. Read more [...]

Saudi-Moroccan spat: Competing for the mantle of “moderate Islam”

King Mohammed prays in a mosque in Zanzibar

James Dorsey says Morocco’s attempt to portray itself as a promoter of so-called “moderate Islam” so far appears more convincing than the efforts of Saudi Arabia to that end, especially in light of recent Saudi concessions to ultra-conservatives. Read more [...]

Saudi export of ultra-conservatism in the era of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman

Saudi funding of extremists

James Dorsey examines the extent to which the self-styled reformist de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, Muhammad bin Salman, is disengaging from extremist Sunni Islamist groups, or whether the Saudis’ anti-Shia obsession is making the extremists too useful a tool to drop. Read more [...]

The Saudi-Israeli liaison

Israel-Saudi liaison

Lawrence Davidson examines the common underpinnings of Israel and Saudi Arabia, two countries run like restricted clubs, one demanding that you be Jewish to have membership rights, and the other wants you to be a Sunni Muslim of the Wahhabi tradition. Read more [...]

Are Yemeni kids, like Palestinian kids, children of a lesser God?

Israeli and Saudi war crimes

Stuart Littlewood compares the callous disregard shown by Saudi Arabia and its allies towards civilian in Yemen with that shown by Israel towards the Palestinians, and laments the indifference of the UK government, which backs both regimes. Read more [...]

Whither Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s “moderate” Islam?

James Dorsey says Prince Muhammad has yet to show that fighting terrorism “involves in practice rather than words the countering of an ultra-conservative ideology that breeds intolerance, fosters anti-pluralism and potentially creates breeding grounds for radicalism”. Read more [...]

Salafi mission calls into question Saudi concept of moderation and policy in Yemen

Muhammad bin Salman and moderate islam

James Dorsey questions whether Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad’s proclaimed quest to “return” to “moderate islam” includes subscribing to concepts of tolerance and pluralism which at present seems unlikely. Read more [...]

US-Saudi nuclear talks: A barometer for whither the Middle East?

US-Saudi nuclear transfer

James Dorsey shows how Saudi Arabia “sold” Jerusalem to Israel in return for US nuclear technology, and how Trump plans to transfer US nuclear technology to the Saudis in return for ensuring bids by US companies to build reactors in Saudi are successful. Read more [...]