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“Schwartz provides much valuable information and insight. [His] case against Saudi Arabia and its foreign policy is irrefutable.” –The Wall Street Journal
“A major and welcome contribution on a topic that will only become more relevant. It is must reading for anybody who wants to know what exactly we are facing in the war on terror.” —National Review
“A powerful indictment of Saudi-Wahhabi duplicity. . . . A valuable study of a religious culture that could well end up in open conflict with the West (if it’s not already).” —The Washington Post
“The urgency for Americans is to place the news in context, and toward that end there is no better guide than Stephen Schwartz. . . . No writer has done more to expose Wahhabism than Mr. Schwartz has.” —Dallas Morning News
Since its formation in 1932, Saudi Arabia has been ruled by two interdependent families. The Al Sa?uds control politics and the descendants of Ibn Abd al-Wahhab impose Wahhabism?a violent, fanatical perversion of the pluralistic Islam practiced by most Muslims. Stephen Schwartz argues that Wahhabism, vigorously exported with the help of Saudi oil money, is what incites Palestinian suicide bombers, Osama bin Laden, and other Islamic terrorists throughout the world.
Schwartz reveals the hypocrisy of the Saudi regime, whose moderate facade conceals state-sponsored repression and terrorism. He also raises troubling questions about Wahhabi infiltration of America?s Islamic community and about U.S. oil companies sanitizing Saudi Arabia?s image for the West. This sharp analysis and eye-opening expose illuminates the background to the September 11th terrorist attacks and offers new approaches for U.S. policy toward its closest ally in the Middle East.
I felt it generalized too much and characterized the differences in terms that were too stark. Religions are often used in service of cultural and political values--they do not... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joy W.
This book explains how the Wahhabi shcool of thought in Islam rose into existence and into power in Saudi Arabia. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Hunyadi
Such a misunderstood subject. Stephen Schwartz writes with clarity, substance, and passion explaining the struggle within Islam against the Wahhabis and the Muslim Brotherhood... Read morePublished 21 months ago by chris gaubatz
The author is strident in his dislike for the more extreme face of Islam, but presents a thoughtful history of the movement and an insightful analysis of those groups in America... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Nancy M. Tischler
This book neither extolls the virtues of Islam as the "religion of peace", nor does it reduce it to its most violent, intolerant forms. Read morePublished on February 28, 2012 by Mary Esterhammer-Fic
The first half of the book is basically the history of Islam beginning with the birth of Mohammad. It will help all non Muslims understand more of what the Western World is... Read morePublished on June 27, 2011 by Duke
This book was a total disappointment. I was hoping to learn about the history of Islam and origins of the violence from some of the modern-day Muslims. Read morePublished on March 20, 2011 by Angela