The Call: Inside the Global Saudi Religious Project

The Call: Inside the Global Saudi Religious Project

by Krithika Varagur
The Call: Inside the Global Saudi Religious Project

The Call: Inside the Global Saudi Religious Project

by Krithika Varagur


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Drawing upon dozens of interviews, government records, and historical research, The Call lays out what we really talk about when we talk about Saudi money.

The Call chronicles the House of Saud’s vast project to transform the Muslim world by spreading Wahhabism, its brand of ultraconservative Islam. Using billions of dollars, thousands of personnel, and institutions both governmental and unofficial, the Saudi proselytization network is both more complex and more influential than is commonly believed.

Journalist Krithika Varagur travels to three continents to tell the story of the Saudi religious campaign from Indonesia, Nigeria, and Kosovo. She finds Saudi money in all kinds of places, from universities to political parties to extremist and jihadist groups. She meets people who were swept up in the campaign’s Cold-War-era peak and those who are still holding up its tarnished international brand today, as well as the victims of the intolerance and fundamentalism that were spread through the Saudi dawa, or “call,” to Islam. The Call lays out the consequences, intended and unintended, of a Saudi initiative that has taken on a life of its own, and illuminates the global sweep of the Kingdom’s ambitions over the last

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733623766
Publisher: Columbia Global Reports
Publication date: 04/21/2020
Pages: 230
Sales rank: 1,119,752
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Krithika Varagur is an award-winning journalist who covers Indonesia for The Guardian and has reported widely from Southeast and South Asia for publications including The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, The Financial Times, The New Republic, Foreign Policy, and The New York Times. She regularly corresponds for outlets like NPR, the BBC, Democracy Now!, and Deutsche Welle and her work has been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the International Women's Media Foundation, the Overseas Press Club Foundation, the Rory Peck Trust, and more. She is a National Geographic explorer and a former Amtrak writer-in-residence. Varagur graduated from Harvard Universityand was a Fulbright scholar at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.
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