God’s Terrorists: The Wahhabi Cult and the Hidden Roots of Modern Jihad by Charles Allen: Hardly a week seems to go by without news of a suspected terrorist attack by someone perceived to have ties to radical Islam.
Some may see these desperate acts as a modern phenomenon. However, this excellent book by Charles Allen documents the history of the origins of the puritanical and fanatical strain of Mohammedanism known as Wahhabism that had its start shortly before the founding of the United States. It also traces the efforts of British, Russian and American military forces to combat the forerunners and present-day members of Taliban and al-Qaeda jihadist groups in the regions of northern India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Allen’s book also sheds light on Saudi Arabia’s role in promoting radicalization of young Muslims throughout the world.
Anyone interested in the historic context of fundamentalist Islam and its motivation to engage in holy war will be pleased by this spell-binding, informative, and engaging book. – Phil Townsend, Circulation