Soccer: A Focal Point of Dissent in Saudi Arabia

For Saudi Arabia, the chicken is coming home to roost. The Saudi export and global support for religiously driven groups goes far beyond Wahhabism—its own puritan interpretation of Islam—and is not simply a product of the Faustian bargain that the ruling Saud family made with the Wahhabis. The support of puritan, intolerant, non-pluralistic and discriminatory forms of ultra-conservatism—primarily Wahhabism, Salafism in its various stripes and Deobandism in South Asia and...

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