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For Saudis, a hard fight over faith

They’re not Felix and Oscar, although they are a somewhat odd couple. One is a bit impish. He looks like a young Omar Sharif, and sports a Vandyke beard – like Robert DeNiro, his favorite movie star. The other looks more scholarly. He wears wire-rimmed glasses, and is extremely serious – his favorite philosopher is Nietzsche. The two, however, have similar backgrounds and goals. Khalid al-Ghannami and Mansour al-Nogaidan were once subversive sheikhs, religious leaders espousing the same tenets as Osama bin Laden and his acolytes. But they both embarked on spiritual journeys – separately – and now embrace a more moderate, inclusive view of Islam, and act as the most outspoken public boosters of religious reform in Saudi Arabia. Full Story

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