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This preliminary material presents the table of contents, acknowledgments, map of Arabia, and an introduction for the book Wahhābī Islam Facing the Challenges of Modernity: Dār al-Iftā in the Modern Saudi State. The book examines Dār al-Iftā, the official Saudi religious establishment for issuing fatwās between 1971 and 1999, chiefly under the leadership of the prominent Grand Mufti, Shaykh ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz. It explores the challenges that this scholarly body encountered when applying Wahhābī interpretations of the Sharīʿa to late twentieth-century modernity.

Keywords: Arabia; Dār al-Iftā; fatwās; Modern Saudi State; Shaykh ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz; Wahhābī Islam



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