Lybia: Gaddafi's Polemics Spark Controvercial Fatwa

News article, posted 03.24.2010, from Saudi Arabia, in:

In March and April of 2007 the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi gave a series of speeches in which he praised the Fatimid empire, a Shia Islamic dynasty which ruled North Africa, Egypt, Sicily, and parts of the Levant between 909 - 1171 CE, by stating that the Fatimid dynasty represented an 'Arab golden age of religious tolerance and cultural renaissance.' However many saw Gaddafi's statements which used rhetoric as an offensive against the Arab governments who have joined forces today with the United States in an effort to remove the power of the Iranian government within the region. Simultaneously his remarks were seen as a jab at his long time foes, the Saudi Royal family, since the Fatimids claimed to be the right rulers because of their lineage from the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad, thus stating that the Saudi Royal line could claim no such lineage to legitimize their power...[See URL for full text.]