God's Terrorists: The Wahhabi Cult And The Hidden Roots Of Modern Jihad
by Allen, Charles
About This Book
In the late 18th century, a violently intolerant reinterpretation of Islam took root in the Arabian desert. Its followers became known, after their founder, as the Wahhabi. The creed was then exported to India and its Northwest frontier with Afghanistan, where it took on the Sikhs, the British and mainstream Muslim society. Wahhabism survived suppression many times and eventually found new life in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the late 20th century. In the early 1980s, a confluence of events led to the emergence of two very different organisations whose names are familiar to many: the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.
This book offers the first full account of Wahhabism, its pattern of behaviour, its successes and its failures. It does not offer any solutions, but lessons can certainly be drawn from it.
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