Saudi Wahhabism Expands into Libya

(Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Jacques Neriah - The tension between the traditional Sufis and the Salafis, influenced by Saudi Wahhabis and other ultra-conservative foreign Islamists, has become a key divide in Libyan politics, with the Sufis on the defensive. Gaddafi's fall has emboldened Salafis, who were formerly persecuted but have now increased their public presence, taking over mosques. The military commanders of Libya are part and parcel of the Salafi-Wahhabi school of Islam.

2012-03-22 00:00:00

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