In the eighteenth century, everything changed. A reformer, Muhammed Abd al-Wahhab, came to power. His preaching was radical and modeled on Islam in the early years. He tossed out Shi’ism and Sufism as heresy because they believed in saints and holy places. But his biggest conquest was the conversion of Muhammed ibn-Saud in 1745. He spread wahhabism by force across most of Arabia.”
“Politics and religion make the world go around,” said Amy.
“Right,” said Brewer. “And then ibn-Saud, know as Abdu al-‘Aziz with the wahhabi backing, united all the Bedouin tribes in the Peninsula in 1930, creating the state of Saudi Arabia and making Riyadh the capital.”
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