The Wahhabi Code
How the Saudis Spread Extremism Globally
Terence Ward, Terence Ward
- 192 Pages
- October 23, 2018
- ISBN: 9781628729726
A concise and eye-opening look at the foundation of terror, how it spread, and why the West did nothing.
Lifting the mask of international terrorism, Terence Ward reveals a sinister truth. Far from being "the West's ally in the War on Terror," Saudi Arabia is in reality the largest exporter of Wahhabism, the severe, ultra-conservative sect of Islam that, while being Saudi Arabia's official religion, is the foundation for international terror groups such as ISIS, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and Boko Haram.
The Saudi regime has created a well-oiled machine dedicated to building schools and funding programs throughout the Middle East that promote the Wahhabi ideology, which upholds Sharia Law. In hopes of expanding their influence, those efforts have now been focused on European cities, spreading the reach of extremism from East to West. Now, the front lines of the War of Terror aren't a world away; they're in our own backyard.
Raised in Saudi Arabia before spending much of his life working in the Middle East, Terence Ward gives his unique insight to the culture of extremism, its rapid expansion, and how it can be stopped.
"As tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia have rapidly escalated, Ward reaches out with a thoughtful perspective on Saudi Arabia and the West."Stanley Weiss, founder of Business Executives for National Security and author of Where Have You Gone, Harry Truman?: The Selected Works of Stanley Weiss
"Ward's book is a compulsion of our time. I believe his experience living in Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia, and his percipient observation of day-to-day life in each Muslim country, will help us to have a more insightful view of the "Wahhabi question." His concern about its possible impact on the world's war and peace should be ours."Goenawan Mohamad, founder of Tempo Magazine and author of In Other Words: Forty Years of Essays from Indonesia
"Terence Ward, an American long rooted in Italy, has written a precious book interpreting ISIS. . . . Through massive financing of mosques and madrasas, they are trying to attract traditional Islam to their radical vision, and on the other side, they have financed our politicians and the mass media to silently abide."Franco Cardini, Middle East expert and author of Europe and Islam and Treasures of Florence
"The Wahhabi Code reveals how a state can abet extremists and terrorists while at the same time claiming to be their enemy. . . . This timely book presents the truth about Wahhabism and the nature of Islam in a fresh, gripping narrative. It is a must read."Amed Khan, Director, Global Paradigm Group; Senior Advisor, ClintonGiustra Enterprise Group
"Islam's many flavors are as misunderstood as they are mischaracterized in today's Western society. Ward's The Wahhabi Code demystifies one of the more virulent and violent strains of modern day Islam. Anyone interested in the relationship between religious extremism and America's ally Saudi Arabia needs to read this book."Markos Kounalakis, McClatchy foreign affairs columnist and author of Spin Wars & Spy Games: Global Media and Intelligence Gathering
"Fascinating, compelling and learned."Joe Conason, Editor-in-Chief of The National Memo and author of The Hunting of the President
"I would recommend [The Wahhabi Code] to all, especially those policy makers on issues in the Middle East and beyond."Cardinal Peter Kodwo Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, and former president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace