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Saudi Arabia: Recalibrating religious outreach

Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS)’s desire to bury the kingdom’s history of exporting militant Wahhabism around the world was on show in Mecca and Jeddah on 10-11 July, when the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) held a major conference on Afghanistan which unequivocally condemned the notion of Muslims fighting each other. The outcome was observed with great interest in Afghanistan, where generations of Taliban leaders have been brought up on a Saudi-sponsored Wahhabi diet which has hitherto demanded that non-conformity with a strict interpretation of sharia should be dealt with strictly on earth.

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