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Saudi prince hints at more moderate Islam

May 10, 2021

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CWN Editor's Note: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman spoke, in guarded terms, about a reform of Islam in a recent interview. He argued that while Saudi law should be based on Islam, the government should enforce only what the Qu’ran explicitly teaches, rather than particular interpretations. That view could endanger the dominance currently enjoyed by the Wahhabi section in Saudi Arabia.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - May. 10, 2021 8:53 PM ET USA

    "...enforce only what the Qu’ran explicitly teaches, rather than particular interpretations". That is a really revealing thing to say. After 30 years of trying to understand Islam, a Saudi graduate student finally explained why I, a Westerner, was always discouraged by other Muslims from reading the Qu’ran in translation. The Islam taught by imams is not necessarily what the Qu’ran explicitly says, but rather that of a given theological interpretation. There is thus no one Islam, but many sects.