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The Saudi 'ulama and the Syrian Civil War

Ismail, Raihan


The Syrian conflict has strongly exacerbated regional sectarianism. This chapter examines the rhetoric of Saudi ‘ulama (clerics) against Shi’ism and Syria’s minority Alawite regime. Potentially influential as a conservative force against Islamist radicalism, ‘ulama of different persuasions (establishment, non-establishment, traditionalist, or progressive) are caught between opposition to regime oppression of Syria’s Sunnis and the politically motivated desire not to be seen supporting radical...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: The Arab World and Iran: A turbulent region in transition
DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-55966-1_6


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