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Clerics of IslamReligious Authority and Political Power in Saudi Arabia$
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Nabil Mouline

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300178906

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300178906.001.0001

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The Ulama, Clerics of Islam

(p.1) Introduction
Clerics of Islam

Nabil Mouline

Ethan S. Rundell

Yale University Press

This chapter presents an introduction of the ulama. The ulama maximizes the possibilities for salvation. This book explores the corporation of the ulama. The ulama is believed to symbolize the temporal and spiritual heritage of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab (d. 1792), who is a product of the Hanbali juridico-theological school. The book also addresses the role played by the Hanbali-Wahhabi ulama in several phases of the history of the Saudi political entity. Some interpretive hypotheses of the Saudi ulama are then presented.

Keywords:   ulama, salvation, Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, Hanbali-Wahhabi, Saudi political entity

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