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Clerics of Islam: Religious Authority and Political Power in Saudi Arabia

Nabil Mouline


Followers of Muhammad b. 'Abd al-Wahhab, often considered to be Islam's Martin Luther, shaped the political and religious identity of the Saudi state while also enabling the significant worldwide expansion of Salafist Islam. Studies of the movement he inspired, however, have often been limited by scholars' insufficient access to key sources within Saudi Arabia. This book includes details from interviews and observations gathered from research in important Saudi archives. The text studies the Wahhabi religious movement from its founding to the modern day. Gleaning information from both written ... More

Keywords: Muhammad b. 'Abd al-Wahhab, Islam, Saudi state, Salafist Islam, Wahhabi religious movement, Islamic studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780300178906
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300178906.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nabil Mouline, author
French National Centre for Scientific Research