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by Stephen Schwartz

Free eBook Two Faces of Islam: The House of Sa'ud from Tradition to Terror download ISBN: 0756791340
Author: Stephen Schwartz
Publisher: Diane Pub Co (October 30, 2002)
Language: English
Pages: 312
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
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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.
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Why is polemics such a no-no in our day? Many reviewers speak against such, but why? Honest and to-the-point polemics are healthy, as they eventually expose those who say it correctly.
This book is definitely polemic concerning the branches of Islam, and their impact on the worldscene. Certainly, this got all the world's attention on 9/11.
Whether Schwartz's polemics accusing the Wahhabi branch of Islam are true or not remain for others more schooled in the history and ways of Islamic branches to help the rest of us sort out.
As analogy, it is like someone not familiar with all the Christian confessions believing the lie that all of them are the same. To believe the supposition that all Christian confessions believe in the physical violence some provide on abortion clinics is to seriously misunderstand and misquote the majority of Christian branches.
If Schwartz's analysis of Islam is true, Wahhabism is not representative of all Islam, but is responsible for much of the terrorist activity from this part of the world. Responsible for this support and propogation, so this book states, is Saudi Arabia.
Shocking the charges he files against the US government and its naivity and approach to such if true.
Chilling read and this reviewer will await and seek other voices as this gets shifted out.
One of the oddest things about this book is its reviews, positive and negative alike. Apparently none of the reviewers have noticed that Schwartz, to the extent one can judge from a plethora of hints in the text (most obviously in the Acknowledgements) is, most likely, himself a Sufi. It is pointless, therefore, to guess whether he is on the Right or on the Left and whether his book is anti-Islamic - it definitely is not. It is, in fact, a polemical tract, and whereas I do not believe the picture of the contemporary Islam he paints is without merit, it is seriously flawed due to his relentless Sufi perspective.
Thus, ayatollah Homeini gets away with a mild rebuke simply because he was a Shiite and pro-Sufi. The author somehow fails to mention that the practice of suicidal martyrdom was not invented by the Wahhabites. It goes a long way back with the Shiites and was widely practiced during the Iran-Iraq war. Iranian revolution, even though not exportable per se because tainted with Shiism, was an idea and an example that went a long way.
Furthermore, Schwartz gives very different treatment to rather similar secular regimes. He professes great dislike for Kemal Ataturk but deals gently with Nasser of Egypt, pretty ugly character. Everything clears up once we recall that Ataturk banned Sufi orders, whereas Nasser who was fighting Wahhabi-like Moslem Brotherhood, left the Sufis alone. And so forth.
The history of Wahhabism and its present day worldwide influence deserve to be widely known, and Schwartz is apparently well served by his Sufi sources. Still, terms like "diabolical" do not belong in a book that purports to retain some objectivity.
To conclude, the title itself is wrong. It suggests that the diabolical face of Wahhabism is somehow balanced by the angelic face of Sufism. No, it is not - and not only because Sufism, thanks to its horizontal structure, is far from uniform and does not possess a hierarchy to speak for itself. Every major religion can possess only one merit in the eyes of those who are not its adherents: it could leave them alone. In other words, it could be either intrusive or ignorable. Islam, whatever its historical deserts, today does not pass this test.
Such a misunderstood subject. Stephen Schwartz writes with clarity, substance, and passion explaining the struggle within Islam against the Wahhabis and the Muslim Brotherhood (among others). A true five-star book that should be read by all that care to understand this struggle.
The author is strident in his dislike for the more extreme face of Islam, but presents a thoughtful history of the movement and an insightful analysis of those groups in America and elsewhere that apologize for it. Interesting and frightening book.
Stylish Monkey
This book came highly recommended and after reading it I must agree. My copies arrived quickly and in excellent condition. I recommend Two Faces of Islam to any serious thinker.
should be read by all Chrisyians
Was looking for information to better understand the Islam religion. This book gave me good insight.