The Saudi Religious Elite (ULAMA) as Participant in The political System of The kingdom

@article{Bligh1985TheSR,
  title={The Saudi Religious Elite (ULAMA) as Participant in The political System of The kingdom},
  author={Alexander Bligh},
  journal={International Journal of Middle East Studies},
  year={1985},
  volume={17},
  pages={37 - 50}
}
  • Alexander Bligh
  • Published 1 February 1985
  • History
  • International Journal of Middle East Studies
The Ulema are the power that holds the Sultan and his people together—the medium of control. But they seldom meddle in politics. This premise was expressed by Ameen Rihani, an Arab traveller, in 1928, before either Sultan 'Abd al-'Aziz became king or Najd and its dependencies became the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Was Rihani correct in his conclusion? Is he right today? This article will endeavor to explore the term ulama in the Saudi context in the twentieth century. Later, an attempt will be… 

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