Approaching Perceptions of Christians and Christianity Amongst Saudis

Abdullah Hammidaddin
Saudi Writer and PhD Candidate, King’s College, London

The launch of “The KAICIID Dialogue Centre” (King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue) in 2011 has been stirring some limited but very interesting discussions amongst Saudis on inter-religious dialogue.

The limitation of those discussions has to do with the fact that the center operates outside Saudi Arabia. In this brief talk I want to share with you some of the reactions of Saudis to the initiation of that center and also to some of its activities. Equally importantly, understanding the context of those Saudi reactions may mean that they should be interpreted in ways very different to their apparent or surface meaning.