Ottoman Watch: Saudi citizen tweets that Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan could fill the vacant seat of Caliph

The rector of Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University, Suleiman Aba al-Khayil, responded angrily to the suggestion that the Turkish PM could fill the vacant seat of ‘Caliph’

A Saudi citizen’s tweet that said Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is eligible to fill the vacant seat of “Caliph” has sparked debate in Saudi Arabia, where the rector of the country’s largest Islamic university inaccurately accused Turkey’s Prime Minister for opening a “nudity club,” while an official issued an apology.

Asking why the rector involved Erdoğan and his country in his difference of opinion with the Saudi citizen who posted the tweet, al-Tuwaijri argued that the speech hurts Turks and the Turkish Prime Minister, while also being “painful” to Saudis and the Saudi King.

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Already fighting over who would be Caliph: clearly the Saudi cleric considers a Turk unacceptable. What is now Saudi Arabia was never part of the Ottoman Empire.

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