For Saudi visitors, the center could serve as a way to “reinterpret” Wahhab’s teachings as the crown prince tries for social reforms that curb the influence of Wahhabism
Saudi Arabia is restoring 17th century fortresses, mosques and other structures in the ancient site of Diriyah – the Unesco World Heritage site – in an effort reconstruct its past.
According to Associated Press (AP), the kingdom is hoping to alter perceptions as it prepares to open the country to tourist visas and international tour groups later this year.
Renovating Diriyah is part of that effort – to both control the narrative of the country’s past for future generations of Saudis and “to revamp its image to curious world travelers.”
The historical site was and is an important site for the Al Saud family. The first Saudi dynasty was founded in Diriyah in the 15th century. In the 18th century, the place was the center of power for the Al Saud, but fell under Ottoman control in the early 19th century, writes AP.
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