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The Shiite Question in Saudi Arabia

Middle East Report N°45, 19 September 2005

From Saudi Arabia's establishment in 1932, its minority Shiite population has been subject to discrimination and sectarian incitement. Beginning in the early 1990s, with then Crown Prince Abdullah's active support, the government took steps to improve inter-sectarian relations.

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The Shiite Question in Saudi Arabia, Middle East Report N°45, 19 Sep 2005

From Saudi Arabia's establishment in 1932, its minority Shiite population has been subject to discrimination and sectarian incitement. Beginning in the early 1990s, with then Crown Prince Abdullah's active support, the government took steps to improve inter-sectarian relations.

Saudi Arabia Backgrounder: Who are the Islamists?, Middle East Report N°31, 21 Sep 2004

Saudi Arabia is at a critical stage in both its struggle against terrorism and its on-again, off-again efforts at reform, and Islamism is at the heart of both.

Can Saudi Arabia Reform Itself?, Middle East Report N°28, 14 Jul 2004

The Saudi regime faces one of the more difficult phases in its history. Fearful of change, accustomed to a system in which it holds enormous power and privileges, the ruling family may consider any serious reform a risk not worth taking.

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Toby Jones
The Daily Star, 18 Dec 2004

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