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Background Information : Osama Bin Laden

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2. Background Information

2.1. Childhood

Osama bin Laden was born in 1957 in Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh. He was one of around 50 children fathered by Mohammad bin Laden, a Yemeni immigrant who owned the largest construction company in Saudi Arabia. (Johnson & Rowen, n.d.)
His mother, Hamida al-Attas, married Mohammad bin Laden when she was twenty-two and according to many sources she was his eleventh wife. (Zalman, n.d.) His father died in a helicopter accident in 1969 when Osama bin Laden was eleven and he ended up inheriting a huge sum of money from the father. (The Telegraph, 2012)
He attended school in Saudi Arabia. In 1970, at the age of 13 he started to attend Al-Thager Model School which was one of the more prestigious schools in the country. He later went on to study in the management and economics faculty at the King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah. (Palmer, 2011)

2.2. Exposure to Islamic teachings

His father, Mohammad bin Laden, was a devoted Muslim and his children had to obey the religious code that was observed by him. Osama bin Laden thus grew up in an environment where Muslim teachings was a norm. Furthermore, during his time in secondary and university, he joined the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood was seen as a trend by his peers during that period of time. (Frontline, n.d.)

During his time studying in King Abdulaziz University, whilst undertaking a compulsory subject, Islamic Studies, he met two teachers, Abdullah Azzam and Mohammed
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