The Two Faces of Islam by Stephen Schwartz
Saudi Fundamentalism and Its Role in Terrorism

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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.


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About Stephen Schwartz

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Stephen Schwartz, and author and journalist, has reported on religious affairs in the Balkans and other areas around the world for many years. He was on the staff of the San Francisco Chronicle, worked as a reporter for the Weekly Forward, and is currently a news writer at Voice of America. He lives in Washington, D.C.
 
Published September 9, 2003 by Anchor. 368 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Travel. Non-fiction

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