The Saudis are grinding their axes to throttle Qataris as they have been doing in Yemen and had done in Iraq, Syria, Bahrain and Egypt. Riyadh’s decision to severe diplomatic links with its neighbour and GCC partner is another twist in the kingdom’s quest for regional dominance.
Author: Bruce Riedel The Saudi-orchestrated bloc of Sunni Muslim states celebrated at US President Donald Trump’s visit to Riyadh is splintering less than two weeks after the summit. There is growing unease with the summit’s intense animosity toward Iran and increasing concerns that the Saudis are inflaming the sectarian divide between Sunnis and Shiites.
Two conferences this week spotlight the Muslim world’s struggle to come to grips with extremism and militancy. The conferences, the Arab-Islamic-American summit in Riyadh and a gathering in East Java of youth leaders of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the world’s largest Muslim movement, laid bare the difficulty of reforming cultures in the battle against extremism, called into question the commitment of Muslim states to combat radicalism and political violence, and put on display US President Donald J.
Wouldn’t it be interesting to see if sectarianism itself was more dominant in one place than an other, at least online? Are some countries/cities more sectarian than others? Is sectarianism a localised phenomenon, despite what we might see in the news? If we knew this, we could then highlight where to prioritize tackling it.
In an upmarket suburb of Senegal’s seaside capital, a branch of Iran’s Al-Mustafa University teaches Senegalese students Shi’ite Muslim theology, among other subjects. The branch director is Iranian and a portrait of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei hangs on his office wall.
The State Department on Wednesday notified Congress of its intent to proceed with the sale without the conditions, according to Micah Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Congress now has two review periods to examine the sale and raise any objections.
Who Is a Sunni?: Chechnya Islamic Conference Opens Window on Intra-Faith Rivalry – Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington
See also James Dorsey’s Fighting for the Soul of Islam:A Battle of the Paymasters
See also Robert Fisk’s ‘For the first time, Saudi Arabia is being attacked by both Sunni and Shia leaders’
and Brian Whitaker’s ‘Robert Fisk and the Russian war on salafism’