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October 24, 2017

Ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia will ‘return to moderate Islam and destroy extremism’, Crown Prince declares as he launches overhaul of economy away from reliance on oil

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Henry Jackson Society

Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince on Tuesday vowed to restore ‘moderate, open’ Islam, breaking with ultra-conservative clerics in favour of an image catering to foreign investors and Saudi youth.

‘We are returning to what we were before – a country of moderate Islam that is open to all religions and to the world,’ Mohammed bin Salman said at an economic forum in Riyadh.

‘We will not spend the next 30 years of our lives dealing with destructive ideas. We will destroy them today,’ the 32-year-old added. ‘We will end extremism very soon.’

The kingdom has engaged in a 60-year, multi-million dollar campaign to advance its extremist brand of Wahhabi Islam in British Muslim communities, according to a study by the Henry Jackson Society.

This has been achieved through endowment grants to mosques, the funding of Islamic education institutions and the training of imams, the report authors said.

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