Fighting for the Soul of Islam: A Battle of the Paymasters
Dorsey, James Michael
Date of Issue2016
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
A gathering of prominent Sunni Muslim leaders in the Chechen capital of Grozny that appeared to have effectively excommunicated Saudi-backed ultra-conservatism potentially opens not only a theological but also a geopolitical rift in the Muslim world. The conference, sponsored and attended by some of Saudi Arabia’s closest allies, suggests that Saudi funding of ultra-conservative worldviews may be meeting its match in more liberal interpretations of Islam backed by the United Arab Emirates and Russia.
Country and Region Studies
RSIS Commentaries, 241-16
Nanyang Technological University