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Reconciling tribalism and Islam in the writings of contemporary ʿUlamaʾ in saudi Arabia

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On the 4th of August 2005, the Saudi Arab News reported the following: "Saudi Islamic scholars, tribal chiefs, and officials pledged allegiance to ʿAbdallah in a ceremony seen as a public endorsement of the new king". The report draws attention to what was seen as the Saudi version of a "democratic celebration" manifested in the public endorsement of ʿAbdallah as the new king of Saudi Arabia. Most interesting, however, was the attempt to introduce the ʿulamaʾ and tribal chiefs as representatives of the public, a typical Saudi political ploy when it comes to the legitimacy of their regime. This chapter focuses on one ʿulamaʾ goals-the taming of Islam and tribalism-which is considered an important factor in imparting legitimacy to Saudi rule. Reconciling tribalism and Islam in the contemporary Wahhabi writings is in actuality the "Islamization" of tribalism rather than the "tribalization" of Islam.

Keywords: ʿulamaʾ in Saudi Arabia; Islam; reconciling tribalism



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