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Available Expert - Saudi Arabia's Crown prince promises country's return to 'moderate Islam'

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Queen’s University expert on the Middle East Houchang Hassan-Yari is available to comment on Saudi Arabia’s Crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman announcing his plans to transition the kingdom back to one of ‘moderate Islam’.

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was the most influential state spreading Islamic radicalism in many regions for decades,” says Dr. Hassan-Yari. “The leadership change in Riyadh tries very hard to project a more moderate image of the Kingdom. Is this a genuine strategic shift or a mere tactical attempt to pursue the same old Wahabbi ideology under a new guise?"

Please note, Dr. Hassan-Yari (who speaks French, English and Farsi) wants to be identified in the media as an expert on the Middle East from Queen’s University and Royal Military College.

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