Moderate and New Islam
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman vowed Tuesday to destroy “extremist ideologies” in order to return to “a more moderate Islam.” In an interview with CNN, he said, “We want to lead normal lives, lives where our religion, and our traditions translate into tolerance, so that we coexist with the world and become part of the development of the world,” he continued by saying, “Saudi was not like this before ’79. Saudi Arabia and the entire region went through a revival after ’79. … All we’re doing is going back to what we were: a moderate Islam that is open to all religions and to the world and to all traditions and people.”
He was very critical of Islam and its current extremist values. He has started to crack down on Wahhabism in public places. According to CNN, Wahhabism is “a form of Islam that bans the mixing of sexes in public and puts myriad restrictions on women — among them, the requirement that they need permission from a male guardian to work or travel.” Wahhabism is rooted deep in the values of Islam. He is starting to make changes, making plans to build a Six Flags theme park and another Red Sea tourist attraction where the strict rules on women’s dress will likely not apply.
The Crown Prince is also faced with daunting task of completely redoing the Saudi economy. He is working on building a reform plan called Vision 2030 that aims to wean Saudis off government aid and diversify an economy almost fully dependent on oil.
He is hopeful that he can return his Saudi Arabia into a much more moderate, and equal country. Perhaps his changes will solve many world problems today.