so, who’s next?

oh, yes. saudi arabia. due for a “day of rage” tomorrow. (does that mean we’ll see the return of islamic rage boy?! oh, goodie! remember, tho — those folks don’t like to be made fun of!)

just don’t get fooled by the reports of sectarian violence and sunnis versus shias and all that. what it’ll be is tribal violence. it ain’t got nuthin’ to do with religious sects. it might seem so, but all that’s only on the surface. the sectarian divide(s) are just reflecting tribal (i.e. genetic relatedness) divides.

a lot (most?) of the shia minority in saudi arabia is found on the persian gulf. these people are baharna tribes — just like the shia in bahrain. there are some also other shias found in the south towards yemen.

the ruling saud family, and the wahhabis and salafis, are all related tribes from the central part of arabia. they are not (so) related to the baharnas or the folks down towards yemen. they’re all arabs, sure, but they’re all from different tribes. the sauds, et. al., are ruling over (somewhat) unrelated peoples who might just be getting fed up with the sitch. they are the ones that are gonna be spreading all the rage.

i would guess some of the saudi citizens along the red sea might also join in the action. these are the hashemite tribes who lost out to the al sauds when the “nation” of saudi arabia was founded. i’m guessing they might be generally p*ssed off, too.

and now … your daily hadith:

Narrated Wathilah ibn al-Asqa: I asked, “Messenger of Allah! What is tribalism?” The Prophet, peace be upon him, replied, “That you help your people in wrongdoing.”

[Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 41, Number 5100]

previously: aígyptos, baharnas and ajams and howalas, oh my! and libya – land o’ tribes

update: see also “Saudi Arabia without King Abdullah” for a good breakdown of who’s who in saudi arabian tribal politics.

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  1. hbdchick wrote:
    just don’t get fooled by the reports of sectarian violence and sunnis versus shias and all that. what it’ll be is tribal violence. it ain’t got nuthin’ to do with religious sects.

    You are largely correct about this, I think.

    There is also a cultural element, in which people of the same ethnicity will have differing cultural loyalties for whatever reason. Religion and Culture go hand in glove. Same ancestral-pool, different cultural loyalties, equals trouble.

    There are analogies in Europe, with its Catholic-Protestant-Orthodox divide. Example: Poles are (I’m guessing) genetically closer to Russians and to Ukrainian-Orthodox than they are to Italians, yet Poles are Catholic. This is the basic reason why Russians are so anti-Poland, IMO: Poles are a major Slav group that loudly rejects Orthodox religion. Orthodoxy having become the “Slavic religion” (after the decadent Byzantines exited history) as it did, this angers Russia. Anger at “Cultural Disloyalty”. Which is also why Bismarck was so anti-Catholic. There are many examples in Europe and its history that have a better “cultural loyalty” explanation, IMO, than purely ethnic explanation.

    The two are, of course, inextricably intertwined in all human affairs.

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