Dr. Abdullah bin Hussein Al-Sharif, Saudi academic

Dr. Abdullah bin Hussein Al-Sharif
Updated 07 August 2019
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Dr. Abdullah bin Hussein Al-Sharif, Saudi academic

  • He is the supervisor of the King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Chair for Makkah Historical Studies at Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah
  • He is also an associate professor of Islamic history in the department of history at the College of Shariah Islamic Law at the same university

Dr. Abdullah bin Hussein Al-Sharif serves as the supervisor of the King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Chair for Makkah Historical Studies at Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah. The chair plays a complementary role in serving national and Islamic history. 

Previously, Al-Sharif was the secretary-general of the International Center for Total Quality and Academic Accreditation of Islamic and Arabic Studies.

He was also vice dean of the Islamic Law College for graduate studies and scientific research and headed the departments of graduate history and civilization studies, and history and Islamic civilization at Umm Al-Qura University.

Currently, Al-Sharif is an associate professor of Islamic history in the department of history at the College of Shariah Islamic Law at the same university. He began his career in academia as a lecturer.

Furthermore, he has supervised, discussed, and evaluated various master’s and Ph.D. degrees. He has appeared in television seminars and writes in a number of Saudi newspapers and magazines.

Al-Sharif holds a bachelor’s degree in Islamic history from Umm Al-Qura University where he also gained his master’s degree and Ph.D. in the same subject.

Recently, Al-Sharif said that the Kingdom had given great care and attention to the Two Holy Mosques and the holy cities. Commenting on the current Hajj season, he explained the efforts of the Kingdom’s leaders throughout the decades toward pilgrims and holy areas.

“Throughout the Saudi kings’ successive covenants, they have sought to prevent attempts to politicize Hajj in order to avoid dangers of political tendencies and conflicts,” he said.


Iraq denies links to drone attack on Saudi oil facilities

Updated 13 min 30 sec ago
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Iraq denies links to drone attack on Saudi oil facilities

  • The operation was claimed by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen
  • ‘Iraq is constitutionally committed to preventing any use of its soil to attack its neighbors’

JEDDAH: Baghdad on Sunday denied any link to drone attacks on Saudi oil plants, after media speculation that the strikes were launched from Iraq despite being claimed by Yemeni rebels.
The attacks early Saturday targeted two key oil installations, causing massive fires and taking out half of the Kingdom’s vast oil output.
The operation was claimed by Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen, where an Arab coalition has been fighting to restore the internationally recognized government.
But the Wall Street Journal å reported that officials were investigating the possibility the attacks involved missiles launched from Iraq or Iran.
Kuwait is investigating the sighting of a drone over its territory and is coordinating with Saudi Arabia and other countries, the cabinet said on Sunday.
“The security leadership has started the necessary investigations over the sighting of a drone over the coastline of Kuwait City and what measures were taken to confront it,” the cabinet said on its Twitter account.
It said Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah directed military and security officers to tighten security at vital installations in the OPEC producer and to take all necessary measures “to protect Kuwait’s security.”
Some Iraqi media outlets have said Saturday’s attack on Saudi oil facilities came from Iraq, which borders Kuwait. But Baghdad denied this on Sunday and vowed to punish anyone using Iraq as a launch pad for attacks in the region. 
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi on Sunday denied reports Iraqi territory “was used for drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities.”
“Iraq is constitutionally committed to preventing any use of its soil to attack its neighbors,” he said in a statement.
“The Iraqi government will be extremely firm with whomever tries to violate the constitution.”
Iraq is home to several Iran-backed militias and paramilitary factions, placing it in an awkward situation amid rising tensions between its two main sponsors, Tehran and Washington.
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo squarely accused Tehran of being behind Saturday’s operation, saying there was no evidence the “unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply” was launched from Yemen.
Iraq has called for its territory to be spared any spillover in the standoff between the US and Iran, which has included a series of attacks on shipping in sensitive Gulf waters.
Recent raids on bases belonging to Iraqi Shiite paramilitary groups linked with Iran, attributed to Israel, sparked fears of an escalation.
There have been no military consequences so far, but the strikes have heightened divisions between pro-Tehran and pro-Washington factions in Iraq’s political class.
Baghdad has recently moved to repair ties with Saudi Arabia, a key US ally — much to Iran’s chagrin.
Riyadh recently announced a major border post on the Iraqi frontier would reopen mid-October, after being closed for almost three decades.