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Riyadh Revisits Its Relationship With Religion

May 2, 2018 | 10:00 GMT
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman poses for a photograph on a visit to the Palace of Moncloa in Madrid, Spain, on April 12, 2018.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman poses for a photograph on a visit to the Palace of Moncloa in Madrid, Spain, on April 12, 2018. Salman has spearheaded a series of economic and social reforms in Saudi Arabia, including changes to Islam's role in public life.

(OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia is trying to change its image, at home and abroad. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has unveiled an array of high-profile social reforms, including measures to open movie theaters in the country, to allow women to drive and to rein in the religious police. He also has announced plans to rid the kingdom's schools and universities of radical Islamist thought. Changing the ways in which Saudis practice Islam in public life, along with the other reforms, is a part of the kingdom's economic and social strategy to survive the 21st century. And like these other changes, it will attempt to accomplish an array of strategic goals for the monarchy....

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