By James M. Dorsey
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.
More than 800,000 participated in a rally in Grozny, the capital of Russia's Chechen Republic, to support the republic's head, Ramzan Kadyrov, a local Interior Ministry source said.
The militant group has threatened the lives of 11 imams and scholars in the West, in a fight carried out at mosques and Islamic conferences, and on social media.
GROZNY, Russia (AP) — Gun battles early Thursday in the capital of Russia's North Caucasus republic of Chechnya left 10 police officers and at least nine militants' dead after two buildings were stormed, including a school, authorit...
Saudi Arabia’s new research centre on Wahhabism, set to open on the edge of the capital Riyadh, looks fitting for a branch of Islam considered inflexible, intolerant and unchanging. Imposing with its limestone blocks, their bulk lig...