The Two Faces of Islam
The author writes an informed and sympathetic history of Islam that distinguishes its mainstream tradition of tolerance and pluralism from the radical offshoot that is now sruggling for control of the whole Muslim world. He analyses the role of Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaida network and considers that Osama bin Laden and his followers come from and belong to a puritanical variant of Islam known as Wahhabism. Schwartz explaining the origins of Islamic beliefs in the life and teachings of Muhammad (SAWA) and describing the tolerant traditions of high Islamic civilization, traces the rise of the Wahhabis and their symbiotic bond with the House of Sa’ud. He describes Wahhabism as an extreme and intolerant Islamo-Fascist sect that became the official cult of the Saudi state.The analystical approach of the writer shows that how, for geopolitical reasons , Great Britain and then the United States have aided Wahhabi-Saudi power in its struggles with the Ottomans and the Russians. He also details the vigorous program of ideological export of Wahhabism financed and directed by the Saudis themselves over the past fifty years.This is the first ever book by an American who has exposed co-relation between the Saudis and Wahhabism and application of force in promoting their own socalled brand of Islam.