The Two Faces of Islam by Stephen Schwartz
The House of Sa'ud from Tradition to Terror

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A history of Islam that distinguishes its mainstream tradition of tolerance & pluralism from the radical offshoot that is now struggling for control of the whole Muslim world. The roots of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network are to be found in a puritanical variant of Islam known as Wahhabism. Traces the rise of the Wahhabis & their symbiotic bond with the House of Sa'ud. Wahhabism is an extreme & intolerant sect that became the official cult of the Saudi state. Details the vigorous program of ideological export of Wahhabism around the world financed & directed by the Saudis themselves over the past 50 years. Exposes Wahhabi-Saudi support for Hamas, & reveals that 80% of American mosques are under Wahhabi control.

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 October 15, 2002 by Doubleday. 336 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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A provocative entry on Islam, from Schwartz (From West to East: California and the Making of the American Mind, 1998), who lays blame on the Saudi regime for the attacks of 9/11.

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Schwartz challenges President Bush's "axis of terror."

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