Symbolism In Saudi Arabia
Indeed, the modern Saudi state theoretically rests on a foundation of Islamic piety. Dating back to the establishment of the rule of the house of Saud over …show more content…
To them, this substantially undermines the legitimacy of the regime, making it a legitimate target for jihad. It is this milieu which has given the world such people as Osama bin Laden. And it is this milieu which poses the most basic threat to the current structure of the Saudi state.
The Saudi government, trying to alleviate tensions, unwisely chose to move in the liberalizing direction in making recent reforms, such as the creation in 1992 of a sixty-seat Majilis al-Shura, or consultative council, which has occasional clout with the king when it is able to speak unanimously (Gerner 113). This has deepened the anxiety of the fundamentalists, who were already concerned by the allegedly Islamic regime allowing westerners to pass the very doorsteps of the most sacred places in the Muslim