This conference is aimed at bringing together established scholars, post-doctoral researchers, as well as doctoral students who can offer original insights into how Salafi thought, and the diverse set of...
In this Critical essay, Hamid Algar, Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, writes about the rise of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia, arguing throughout that it has seriously distorted the fundamental teaching of Islam and functioned for decades as the ideological mainstay of the...
The current inheritor of Caliph Yazid bin Mu’āwīyya’s political mantle is Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), the impetuous crown prince of Saudi Arabia, who is also thirty-three years old. He seems intent on repeating the story of Karbala and promoting a fight to finish the Shia in the Middle East just as...
Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Saudi Arabia has permitted government-appointed scholars and clerics to incite hatred and discrimination against the country’s religious minorities, including Shia...
From the moment Al-Saud was raised a giant onto the Hijaz at the turn of the 18th century, so that it could affirm itself holiest and most legitimate upon the teachings of two heretic scholars: Ibn Taymiyah and Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhab, Islam has...
This article examines the attitudes of the Saudi ulema towards the Saudi Shi‘a in political and social terms through the analysis of fatawa, sermons, lectures, and publications issued by the Saudi religious authorities...
First International Conference on Islamic Banking and Finance to be held from May 6 to 8 at Umm Al-Qura University, Mecca, Saudi Arabia to discuss the oretical and empirical new advances and research on Islamic banking and finance. Following the recent global financial crises, the focus on Islamic economics and ...
Director of Hamburg Islamic Center and Hamburg’s Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Reza Ramezani criticized the death sentence against highly-revered Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr.
In order to pursue the causes of this great tragedy, a fact-finding committee including members from your organization and some of the members of the bereaved families as well as representatives of responsible international organizations has to be set up as soon as possible, and they have to get to ...
In a statement on Monday, Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi described the Saudi authorities’ decision to execute Sheikh Nimr as “unwise and dangerous” and warned against the consequences of such a move. “We recommend the inexperienced officials of Saudi Arabia not to cause the already chaotic situation of their country to deteriorate ...