The Two Faces of Islam

The Two Faces of Islam

The House of Saʻud From Tradition to Terror

Book - 2003
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Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
An incisive analysis of Muslim beliefs and the sectarian conflicts within the community explores the complex history of Islam and the profound philosophical and religious discrepancies that distinguish traditional beliefs from radicalism, while discussing the history and spread of radical Islam, the role of the Saudi Arabian government, and the attitudes of the majority toward radicals. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400030453
Characteristics: xxii, 312 p. : map ; 24 cm


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