Soul of Islam 6:00, 2003 (Ref: M03344)


We get a rare glimpse of life in Saudi Arabia. We visit the alcohol-free bars frequented by many, film in the private schools, where 40% of studies are about Islam and visit the remote desert town of Buraydah, in the heart of the kingdom. If Afghanistan was al-Qaeda’s training ground, then Saudi Arabia, whose rulers are caught in a battle Western modernity and traditional religion, is its spiritual home. Events in Palestine and Iraq have intensified this battle by generating support among ordinary Saudis for Bin Laden’s ideas, driving them further away from Western ideals.