Saudis Support Jihad in Iraq, Not Back Home

(New York Times) - In Saudi Arabia, violence against the occupation in Iraq is seen by many as jihad, or a holy struggle. Requests for God to avenge American actions pour down from mosque minarets, and some women university students sport bin Laden T-shirts under their enveloping abayas. But virtually no one accepts violence as jihad in the heart of what is supposed to be the most Muslim of countries. "You have to be really militant to believe that a country where religion is practiced day and night is apostate," said Jamal Khashoggi, an expert on Islamic groups.

2004-04-23 00:00:00

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