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Shining a Spotlight on Hate Speech in Saudi Textbooks

Advisers to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and public relations teams in Western capitals have vigorously promoted the energetic royal as a “courageous reformer,” but a new U.S. congressional initiative around Saudi textbook reform could put this narrative to the test. The crown prince’s economic and social reform announcements have dominated Saudi domestic news for over two years. When he’s not making bold decisions on restructuring the Saudi economy — so the story goes — he’s in the news promising “a more moderate” Islam. There’s some truth to this narrative of domestic reform. Bin Salman curbed…

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