Why Saudi Arabia is Embracing a New Nationalism
Jan 4, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
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- Saudi Arabia is changing its restrictions on how some expatriates can practice Christianity as part of its strategy to weaken hard-line Islam's defining role in Saudi identity.
- In doing so, Riyadh increases the space for Saudi nationalism to take root, but an ascendant Saudi nationalism will also eventually challenge the monarchy's role in managing the state.
- Nationalism will increasingly color Saudi relations with other states and become a new check on the monarchy's power.