By Charles Allen
What are the roots of today’s militant fundamentalism within the Muslim global?
In this insightful and wide-ranging historical past, Charles Allen reveals a solution in an eighteenth-century reform circulation of Muhammed ibn Abd al-Wahhab and his followers-the Wahhabi-who sought the recovery of Islamic purity and declared violent jihad on all who adversarial them.
The Wahhabi educating unfold rapidly-first in the course of the Arabian Peninsula, then to the Indian subcontinent, the place a extra militant expression of Wahhabism flourished. The ranks of today’s Taliban and al-Qaeda are packed with younger males educated in Wahhabi theology. God’s Terrorists sheds much-needed gentle at the origins of recent terrorism and exhibits how this harmful ideology lives on at the present time.
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