Force and Fanaticism: Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia and Beyond by Simon Ross Valentine

By Simon Ross Valentine

Wahhabism is an Islamic reform circulate came across normally in Saudi Arabia. heavily associated with the Saudi monarchy, it enforces a strict code of morality and behavior monitored by means of mutawa (religious police), and governs each side of Saudi existence in accordance with its personal strict interpretation of Shariah, together with gender segregation. Wahhabism additionally prohibits the perform of the other religion (even other kinds of Islam) in Saudi Arabia, that's additionally the single state that forbids ladies from driving.

But what precisely is Wahhabism? this query had lengthy occupied Valentine, so he lived within the state for 3 years, familiarizing himself with its targeted interpretation of Islam. His publication defines Wahhabism and Wahhabi ideals and considers the existence and instructing of Muham-mad ibn Abd'al Wahhab and the later enlargement of his sect. additionally mentioned are the rejection of later advancements in Islam equivalent to bid'ah; destructive thoughts, between them celebrating the prophet's birthday and vacationing the tombs of saints; the destruction of holy websites a result of worry of idolatry; Wahhabi legislations, which imposes the demise sentence for crimes as archaic as witch- craft and sorcery, and the relationship of Wahhabism with militant Islam globally.

Drawing on interviews with Saudis from all walks of existence, together with contributors of the dreaded mutawa, this publication appraises of 1 of the main major events in modern Islam.

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