Salman Awdah

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Salman Awdah is an influential Saudi cleric,[1] who was among the first to call for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Saudi Arabia[2] yet has also recently criticized al-Qaeda.[3]

He was imprisoned between 1994 and 1999 for his role in the Sahwa movement - "fiercely critical of the Saudi royal family, infuriated by the American role in the first Gulf War, and one of the pioneers of the Islamist use of cassette sermons."[1] After a 2003 terrorist attack in Riyadh, [4] however, he relented his anti-jihad position and joined in the Saudi campaign against extremist opposition.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Marc Lynch (24 March 2006), Putting Salman al-Awda on TV, Abu Aardvark (Marc Lynch's blog)
  2. Peter Bergen (2006), The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of al Qaeda's Leader, Free Press, ISBN 0743278917, p. 149
  3. "Leading Saudi cleric denounces Bin Laden", Jordan Times, 26 January 2010
  4. Toby Jones (13 November 2003), "Violence and the Illusion of Reform in Saudi Arabia", Middle East Report Online