Saudi seeks religious reset as clerical power wanes


US special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry (left) meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. – EPA pic, June 20, 2021.

MUEZZINS issuing high-decibel calls to prayer have long been part of Saudi identity, but a crackdown on mosque loudspeakers is among contentious reforms seeking to shake off the Muslim kingdom’s austere image.

Saudi Arabia, home to the holiest Muslim sites, has long been associated with a rigid strain of Islam known as Wahhabism that inspired generations of global extremists and left the oil-rich kingdom steeped in conservatism.


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