A picture essay on the Saudi kingdom might easily resemble an atrocity exhibition. The kingdom has produced shocking images in recent years, including public executions, the ongoing war in Yemen and, arguably, the events of 9/11. ​The House of Saud’s dominance of the Arabian peninsula began in 1744 when an alliance between its founder, Muhammad Ibn Saud, and the extremist Islamic preacher Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab helped Ibn Saud to extend control over Arabia through jihad. The kingdom was united – and largely remains so – not by nationalism, but by Islam, specifically Wahhabism. 

Rhys Griffiths | Published 21 September 2017
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