The Wahhabi Mission and Saudi Arabia (Library of Modern Middle East Studies Series)

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This is a definitive and authoritative account of the conservative interpretation of Islam that is the official creed of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Wahhabism. Muslim critics have dismissed it as a heretical innovation that manipulated a backward people to gain political control. David Commins dismisses the clichés, examines the nature of Wahhabism, and offers original findings as to how Wahhabism rose to dominance in Arabia and projected its influence in the Muslim world. He also assesses the challenges that it...

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This is a definitive and authoritative account of the conservative interpretation of Islam that is the official creed of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Wahhabism. Muslim critics have dismissed it as a heretical innovation that manipulated a backward people to gain political control. David Commins dismisses the clichés, examines the nature of Wahhabism, and offers original findings as to how Wahhabism rose to dominance in Arabia and projected its influence in the Muslim world. He also assesses the challenges that it faces from radical militants within the Kingdom.

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David Commins is Professor of History at Dickinson College.

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Table of Contents

1 Islam began as a stranger and will return as a stranger 7
2 Holding fast against idolatry 40
3 Abd al-Aziz ibn Saud and the taming of Wahhabi zeal 71
4 Wahhabism in a modern state 104
5 The Wahhabi mission and Islamic revivalism 130
6 Challenges to Wahhabi hegemony 155
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