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AUTHORITY AND LEGITIMATION

AUTHORITY AND LEGITIMATION. Most Muslim rulers try to legitimize their authority through Islam; however, there are today only two regimes in Sunni Islamic countries in which the king claims a religious title associated with his political authority-Morocco and Saudi Arabia (Tibi 1985). The title of the Moroccan king is amir al-mu'minin ("commander of the faithful"), and the Saudi king is khddim al-haramayn alsharifayn ("custodian of the holy shrines" of Mecca and Medina). In Saudi Arabia the Qur' ...more

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