Saudi Arabia and IS: How Misconceptions Lead to Disaster

Last month, Kamel Daouad described Saudi Arabia as a “white Daesh” in a New York Timesarticle, referring to the Islamic State group by its Arabic acronym.

This relates to the similarities it their brutal forms of punishment, treatment of women, and attitude towards non-Muslims.

They are one and the same, Daouad said, it is just that one is better dressed and enjoys good with the West.

He further argues that it is Saudi Arabia’s export of Wahhabism that has inspired Islamism and jihadi movements.

The link between Saudi Arabia and IS is becoming a popular comparison; but this seems to be another over-simplification the media has taken on a nuanced issue, without taking into account its contextual depth.

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