The Role of the Ulema (Religious Leaders)

The role of the Ulema in Saudi Arabia has a long history and great significance.

The first alliance between Muhammad bin Saud and Imam Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab, and its continued success through the years, reflect the important role played by the Ulema in Saudi Arabia. That first alliance was both political and religious in nature and clearly emphasized the true notion of the state in Islam; that is, state and religion are inseparable. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an example of an Islamic state governed by the Holy Qur'an. It is therefore inevitable that the Ulema should play a key role within the Kingdom. They play an influential part in the following fields of government:

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