Sunday, January 23, 2005

Ibn Abd al-Wahhab

Praktike writes:
last night I started reading Natana J. DeLong-Bas' book Wahhabi Islam: From Revival and Reform to Global Jihad. It's quite interesting, but from the first few sections on the life and times of Muhammad Ibn Abd al-Wahhab (more here) it reads like a clumsy attempt to rationalize the behavior what seems to me like a pretty crazy guy whose contribution to the world has been mostly negative. It should be noted that given the numerous times he was evicted from places where he set up shop--including Basra, Iraq, home to many Shiis whom Ibn Abd al-Wahhab considered apostates for their lack of adherence to tawhid or strict monotheism--it seems evident that many of his contemporaries thought he was bad news as well.
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