Why does the world continue to ignore these roots of Islamic extremism?

Published: November 24, 2015

The kingdom’s economic power has made it in an influential player, even in Western politics. PHOTO: AFP

The ghastly terrorist attacks in Paris have once again put Islamic extremism under the microscope.

Similarly to all religions, Islam is like a stream of water, available to anyone to drink from. Out of the two billion Muslims in the world, the vast majority draws from this stream uneventfully, living out peaceful lives.

There is, however, a corrupt and hateful minority, drinking from an infected portion of the stream because it suits their world view. This infected stream has been allowed to flow for over half a century in the modern era, because confronting it would result in painful and costly soul searching for some of the most influential nations in the world.

France’s response in the way of military action on ISIS is certainly just, but it is only a battle, not the war. Even if ISIS is defeated, considering how their ability to generate nearly $3 million USD a day remains unaffected (thanks Turkey!), another ISIS may rise years, if not months afterwards. This is because ISIS, similarly to al Qaeda and the Taliban, thrives on an ideology. And you cannot bomb an ideology.

What drives Islamic extremism?

Numerous contributing factors are openly discussed while the following root causes barely merit a mention.

1. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:  Wahhabism or Salafism, a terrifyingly hardline interpretation of Islam, flows through Saudi Arabia like a single stream in a desert where accesses to other water supplies have been blocked by the government’s scimitar.

Wahhabism is significant because of Saudi Arabia’s natural influence as the gatekeeper of Makkah. It is also significant, because Saudi Arabia has used its vast resources to spread this mutation of Islam.

We can argue all day about which teachings of wahhabism are genuine to the religion. For example, many scholars believe the hijab is not an Islamic garment, but rather, a component of Arab culture. Others disagree. But what we can all agree with is that the structure of the Saudi Arabian monarchy is as un-Islamic as it gets; it is said that the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) commanded Muslims to choose their leader in a democratic process rather than a dynasty. In fact, the Prophet’s grandson, Imam Hussain (RA), died fighting against a ruler who had defied this teaching in one of the most pivotal moments in Islamic history.

In essence, Mohammad’s (PBUH) last blood relative gave his life fighting a monarchy, and yet, Saudi Arabia is a monarchy. If a guardian of the religion refuses to follow one the most basic principles, so as to serve its own needs and remain in power, then how can it remain true to the rest of the scripture?

How does Saudi Arabia factor into Islamic extremism?

A similar footprint to Wahhabism can be found in the philosophy of ISIS, Al Qaeda, and even the Taliban. Saudi Arabia indoctrinates young Muslims by spreading their twisted version of Islam through suitcases of cash, going as far and wide as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and beyond. Experts say Saudi Arabia has spent billions, yes billions of dollars, on their propaganda.

The Week,

“How do the Saudis promote their religious views? By investing heavily in building mosques, madrasas, schools, and Sunni cultural centers across the Muslim world. Indian intelligence says that in India alone, from 2011 to 2013, some 25,000 Saudi clerics arrived bearing more than $250 million to build mosques and universities and hold seminars. ‘We are talking about thousands and thousands of activist organisations and preachers who are in the Saudi sphere of influence,’ said Usama Hasan, a researcher in Islamic studies. These institutions and clerics preach the specifically Saudi version of Sunni Islam, the extreme fundamentalist strain known as Wahhabism or Salafism.”

The Huffington Post,

“Exact numbers are not known, but it is thought that more than $100 billion have been spent on exporting fanatical Wahhabism to various much poorer Muslim nations worldwide over the past three decades. It might well be twice that number. By comparison, the Soviets spent about $7 billion spreading communism worldwide in the 70 years from 1921 and 1991.”

You cannot ignore the role Wahhabism had in empowerment of the Taliban. If you will allow me to make a terrible food analogy, the extremist pizza was baked in Pakistan and Afghanistan, but the ingredients were imported from Saudi Arabia.

The kingdom’s economic power has made it in an influential player, even in Western politics. For example, Saudi Arabia carries a terrible human rights record, yet finds itself with a key position on the UN Human Rights council, much like a vampire in charge of a blood bank.

According to statistics, the country responsible for the second most number of foreign fighters in ISIS is Saudi Arabia, and as we all know, the majority of the 9/11 attackers were Saudi nationals, yet nations getting the short end of the stick are Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Once again, it is an attack on the pizzeria, but the franchise headquarters remain unmolested.

Now, Saudi Arabia is trying to contain ISIS with all the desperation of a master, whose dog has developed a taste for blood.

The Telegraph,

General Jonathan Shaw, who retired as Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff in 2012, told The Telegraph that Qatar and Saudi Arabia were primarily responsible for the rise of the extremist Islam that inspires Isil terrorists.

The two Gulf states have spent billions of dollars on promoting a militant and proselytising interpretation of their faith derived from Abdul Wahhab, an eighteenth century scholar, and based on the Salaf, or the original followers of the Prophet.

But the rulers of both countries are now more threatened by their creation than Britain or America, argued Gen Shaw. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has vowed to topple the Qatari and Saudi regimes, viewing both as corrupt outposts of decadence and sin.”

Why doesn’t the world do anything about it?

The short answer to this question is power, and the long answer to this question is also power. The United States, for one, considers Saudi Arabia to be an important ally, and the two countries do considerable business.

Saudi Gazette,

“The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) has said that the United States is the largest trading partner of Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom is the largest market for US exports in the Middle East.”

Certainly, Saudi Arabia has no qualms about blackmailing the United States at the first sign of trouble. In 2002, the Kingdom threatened to pull billions from the American economy when the families of the 9/11 victims decided to sue the Royal family.

The Telegraph,

“Saudi’s richest investors are threatening to pull billions of dollars out of America in anger at suggestions they helped fund Osama bin Laden. A lawsuit filed by relatives of 900 people who were killed in the September 11 attacks is provoking fury among wealthy Saudis. The suit filed in a Washington court last week seeking damages of $100,000 billion names three members of the Saudi royal family, including defence minister Prince Sultan bin abd al-Aziz al Saud. The lawsuit alleges that Saudi money has ‘for years been funnelled to encourage radical anti-Americanism as well as to fund the al Qaeda terrorists’. Banks and charities named in the suit are calling on Saudi Arabia to review its financial and political ties to the US.”

At the time Saudi Arabia had around $750 billion invested in the country. That’s more than enough leverage.

Of course, the Americans are fully aware of Saudi extracurricular activities:

The Guardian,

“Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest source of funds for Islamist militant groups such as the Afghan Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba – but the Saudi government is reluctant to stem the flow of money, according to Hillary Clinton.

‘More needs to be done since Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaeda, the Taliban, LeT and other terrorist groups,’ says a secret December 2009 paper signed by the US secretary of state. Her memo urged US diplomats to redouble their efforts to stop Gulf money reaching extremists in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

‘Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide,’ she said.”

Not that the United States is the only country whipped into shape by Saudi money. It recently came to light that in 2012, under pressure from Saudi Arabia, former Pakistani president, Asif Ali Zardari, fired Dr Fateh Muhammad Malik, then rector of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), for promoting ‘enlightened moderation’ at the institution.

The Express Tribune,

“Saudi officials had complained to the former president that the university was not being run according to the principles for which it was established during General Ziaul Haq’s regime.”

2. The warped teachings:

I can pinpoint the exact moment when I was horrified by Wahhabism for the first time. I was eight-years-old and learning at an international school in Saudi Arabia. By law, this place was required to teach three Saudi subjects aside from the usual IGCSE O-level fare: Arabic, Islamic Studies in English, and Islamic Studies in Arabic. It was the latter two I was put off by, even at the age of eight.

It wasn’t Islam itself, but the way Saudis taught Islam. In these classes I was told; Islam was the best religion in the world, (which I suppose is what every religion teaches); Muslims are by duty required to spread Islam by any means possible; Muslim subjugation over non-Muslims was a thing to be admired; the best Muslim heroes spread Islam by fire and blood; it would be best if all the Muslim countries in the world were ruled by one Caliph; a Muslim had a duty to kill any Muslim who had turned away from Islam, especially to another religion.

Thankfully, I rejected some of these lessons as not only arrogant, but malicious. One of the greatest gifts my mother gave me at an early age was an admiration for books, and the thing I was reminded of the most at these classes was the philosophy of Nazism I had read about.

Disgusted by the attempts at brainwashing, I stopped showing up to these classes, and was questioned by a perplexed head teacher who couldn’t understand why I was sitting outside during these sessions. The kind man from Cyprus listened with great bemusement as I explained. He then secretly shared that he too was repulsed, and allowed me to forgo the classes, promising me a passing grade regardless.

If you find this tough to swallow, I urge you to watch this interview of Javed Ahmad Ghamidi, one of the few Pakistani clerics who makes sense on the occasions I have heard him speak. Here, Ghamidi expands on the four doctrines that turn young Muslims towards radicalisation,

“They may not be teaching it in front of you, but they are most definitely preaching it behind your back!”

1. Anyone in any corner of the world who commits polytheism, apostasy (someone who abandons Islam), or is a kuffar (derogatory term for non-Muslims) should be murdered by a Muslim in cold blood as a directive from Allah.

2. Non-Muslims were born to be subjugated by Muslims. Only Muslims have the right to rule the world, and every kuffar government in the world is illegitimate.

3. All Muslims of the world should be under the rule of one government, a caliphate. The other governments are illegitimate.

4. A modern Muslim state is a form of kuffar, and against the teachings of Islam.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYUueUurX2k

Ghamidi adds,

“This is why I constantly tell the Pakistani government as well as Pakistani citizens that unless this religious narrative is countered with the true narrative of Islam, such people (ISIS) will continue to emerge.”

Listening to Ghamidi I was reminded of my former school. Since it happened to be an international English school, I am sure we were given a very light taste of the actual Wahhabism taught at Arabic madrassas across Saudi Arabia. As I said, this is also the sort of teaching Saudi Arabia is said to export across the world, and it is reminiscent of something from ISIS’ playbook.

Now, I am sure everyone has seen this image floating around the internet:

Why do extremists not take this teaching more seriously? The problem is in how Wahhabism redefines the meaning of ‘innocent human being’. To a follower of Wahhabism, any non-Muslim is simply not innocent.

3. The plight of the Palestinians:

The atrocities suffered by the Palestinians have continued for ages. The Israelis illegally occupy land, while the Palestinians live trapped in rubble, with no quality of life, and no hope for a future.

Meanwhile, world governments continue to provide support to Israel. This contrasts sharply with public opinion.

This isn’t a Muslim versus non-Muslim issue. No, this is a human rights issue.

In the United States, most young progressive voters identify as pro-Palestinian.

The Washington Post,

“Gallup asked Americans whether they thought Israel’s recent actions were justified. While older Americans clearly sided with Israel, 18 to 29-year-olds said by a two-to-one margin (51-25) that its actions were unjustified. No other group was as strongly opposed to Israel’s actions.”

Middle East Monitor,

“Large demonstrations against Israel’s assault on Palestinians in Gaza were staged across the US on Saturday. The public outpouring of support for Palestinians in US streets suggests that Washington’s pro-Israel policies are becoming increasingly unpopular, a trend supported by a recent poll on Israel’s latest aggression, which finds that young Americans are twice as likely to support Palestinian rights than Israeli occupation.

Tens of thousands of Americans held a demonstration in front of the White House in Washington, DC. Protestors travelled in buses from around the country to join the national rally, waving Palestinian flags and chanting ‘free Palestine’ in the US capital.

On the other side of the country, thousands of Americans staged a protest in Austin, Texas while a plane flew in the skies with the message ‘save Gaza free Palestine.’”

What’s more, more American Jews are also siding with Palestine.

TIME reported in 2011 that fewer young Jewish Americans saw eye-to-eye with their parents on the subject. At the very least, more young American Jews believe Palestine and Israel can coexist peacefully, according to polls.

In the United Kingdom, there has been an even stronger movement in favour of Palestine. Already, a powerful movement to boycott all goods from Israel has found support across England. Then, there are the UK academics that are also boycotting Israel.

The Guardian,

“More than 300 academics from dozens of British universities have pledged to boycott Israeli academic institutions in protest at what they call intolerable human rights violations against the Palestinian people.

The declaration, by 343 professors and lecturers, is printed in a full-page advertisement carried in Tuesday’s Guardian, with the title: ‘A commitment by UK scholars to the rights of Palestinians’.

The pledge says the signatories, from a variety of universities in England and Wales, will not accept invitations to visit Israeli academic institutions, act as referees for them, or take part in events organised or funded by them. They will, however, still work with individual Israeli academics, it adds.

The advert says the signatories are ‘deeply disturbed by Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land, the intolerable human rights violations that it inflicts on all sections of the Palestinian people, and its apparent determination to resist any feasible settlement.’”

Surprisingly, the UK government condemns British academics for their pledge. It is curious why states are not taking a more balanced view of the Palestine-Israel conflict. No one demands Israel be eradicated, but surely Palestine deserves a right to thrive on its own land.

Most moderate Muslims believe there should be a two-state solution to the crisis. Of course, it is as unfair to expect Israel to leave, as it is to Palestine.

Not surprisingly, the Palestine-Israel issue is used to fuel Wahhabi propaganda. The pain of the Palestinian people is built into the narrative that Western governments are out to get Muslims.

Ultimately, it serves as a launching board for all sorts of ridiculous conspiracy theories. Young Muslims are brainwashed into believing the West is evil,

“Don’t believe us? Just look at Palestine.”

In schools and mosques, where hateful sermons are delivered, Muslims are presented with Palestine as an example of the world against them. Soon, you have young Muslims arguing that Malala is a Western agent, the September 11th attacks were conducted by the United States itself, (or by the Jewish community), and ISIS is an organisation created by Western powers with the goal to subjugate Muslims. The last sentence is especially ironic when taking into account Wahhabi teachings.

The world is caught in a vicious cycle. If the ideology driving Islamic extremism is to be conquered, then military action is necessary, yet far from a long term solution. Unfortunately, to the world, self-examination is more expensive than lives.

Noman Ansari

Noman Ansari

The author is the editor-in-chief of IGN Pakistan, and has been reviewing films and writing opinion pieces for The Express Tribune as well as Dawn for five years. He tweets as @Pugnate (twitter.com/Pugnate)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • rationalising argument.

    Noman ansari , you are brave , stay safe brother.Recommend

  • Abrar Ahmad

    Every religion spends money to spread his religion, and you are talking about Muslims why you don’t write an article on Israeel telling how they control the economy of the whole world, why you don’t tell 9/11 was a propaganda against Islam, why you don’t tell ISIS is created by Israeel?? Why don’t you tell people about U.S.A who is bombing every Muslim country where they want?? Why you don’t talk about India who is killing thousands of Muslims?? At the time of 9/11 world’s strongest intelligence and Airforce was sleeping when a plane travelled for 3-4 hours in U.S.A?? Okay, You come with a plane in Pakistan then Pakistani Airforce would give you a warm welcome. Recommend

  • abhi

    You highlighted some valid points but there is something else also which produces stream of hardliners from Ghaznavi, Aurangzeb to present era terrorists. You need to address it head on.Recommend

  • Muhammed Usama Aziz

    so in short SA is the root cause of the problem ans Israel and USA are all good. bravo to your stupid conclusion of the root causeRecommend

  • Shehryar

    Respect to author
    Spot onRecommend

  • darkbites

    because he does not live in discussions like you do most certainly.Recommend

  • jayant

    u must be 12 years old. feel sorry for a country where teens like u will grow to become a firm believer of ” Muslims vs Them ” theory ! it never fails to amaze how can some one have such a grim outlook about life.Recommend

  • xyz

    spending money to spread religion is very different from indoctrination of children into philosophy of hatred.Recommend

  • Gamer

    Dude, the west is to blame for the creation of Saudi Arabia And Qatar itself. So don’t show the world that the west as an innocent. Why do you guys start the history from between? And this is the main reason why US still supports the Gulf states not for the cash only. They founded it. So Saudi, Israeli and others are Made by West. Be fair to all.Recommend

  • BinGoC

    Return to the sentence “all sorts of ridiculous conspiracy theories.” Recommend

  • Parvez

    That was long….but every word was worth reading.
    The four points raised by Ghamidi are the basics taught in most of Pakistan’s madrassas and are the pillars of the Daesh ideology…….and sadly the government looks on with folded arms.Recommend

  • maynotmatter

    9/11 was propaganda against Islam ? By who ? Fellow Islamists ? Please say ISIS is also propaganda against Islam. India killing thousands of muslims ? Where is you fact source ? Compare how many muslims died in Pakistan by hands of fellow muslims.Recommend

  • Arsalan

    did u read point 3 or you are just ranting Recommend

  • Ab-e-Sin

    Wahabism was established during British rule of Arabia,the Brits carved the borders and put the Saud family in charge of a large swathe of landRecommend

  • The Truth

    Noman, there are very very few like you, living in exile in other countries.Recommend

  • Animal Farm

    Well unfortunately that is very open to interpretation…Inspite of maybe 1000s of PhDs in both Arabic language and Islamic studies….
    Still noone could come up with a simple translation of it….Recommend

  • James

    Just one question……..do you believe in “two-nation theory” which says Muslims cannot co-exist with Hindus/any other religion…on the basis of which your country exists…?Recommend

  • James

    May be a “bhakth” of Zaid Hamid and Ahmed Quraishi.Recommend

  • Syeda Ali

    Really brave ad to the point article. Why the world ignores this is only due to hypocrisy. They only safeguard their own national security interests as David Cameron recently admitted himself in an interview.Recommend

  • Syeda Ali

    I think you didn’t even read the last part of this article or didn’t get itRecommend

  • Gullu

    Perhaps you might enlighten us, what this “SOMETHING ELSE” is?
    Secret code? Brew? Idlis and dosas in secret sauce? Beef eating? Mangos?
    Maybe you being a Hindu, means the narrative does not leave the shores
    at Banaras? Stays locked up in Hindoostan. Could, that be, the Hindutva ideology? Which has produced numerous offsprings, namely : Shiv Sena,
    Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal, Maharashtra for Modi, Phalanx of
    Amit Shah, Arun Jaitley’s Brigade for Better Bharat, [BBB] Sadhvi Prachi’s
    Potala for Hindu Desh. Maharaj’s Akhund Bharat, One Nation, One Bharat.
    Sushma Sawaraj’s Seamtresses for Serendipity. BJP, RSS, BJK, LPO.
    So many names, so little space….Recommend

  • jigsaww

    Mr. Ansari? Ever heard of Blackwater ?Recommend

  • Milind A

    “What’s more, more American Jews are also siding with Palestine. TIME reported in 2011 that fewer young Jewish Americans saw eye-to-eye with their parents on the subject”

    You will see this independent & multi-faceted thinking based on integrity or conscience amongst Hindus & Christians as well. However you will never see this kind of thought process amongst Muslims.. All will parrot the same line, will not stray or form divergent opinion or develop another line of thinking.Recommend

  • OBL ki Rooh

    Well world saw what PAF could do to numerous US drone attacks on its territory.seems Salala and Abbottabad actions have been comfortably dispatched to oblivion.Recommend

  • JP

    He is NOT talking about Pakistan. He is talking about Trump, in the
    US. A country that has the most advanced laws protecting the rights
    of minorities. Yet, there is this bigoted, racist presidential contender who
    wants to turn the US into a Nazi Style State. He is considered a threat.
    A Ku Klux Klan grand dragon in living color. Even his own party hates him.
    Only Fox News loves him.
    The hindus maybe gloating, now ,but they are next on his agenda. Their
    bindis, and their saris and their turbans will be high lighted. Soon.
    Even the Jewish Defense League stood up and went against Trump.
    Pakistan is a Third World Country. Being looted and vandalized by it’s
    rulers. Be they be generals or thugs from Punjab. Who do not want the
    people to know what their basic HUMAN RIGHTS are. All they know is
    where the next loan is coming from. Saudia, IMF, APB, WB…Dollar Dar,
    The Raja of Loans will tell you. Folded arms you say? No, arms and palms
    in YOUR pocket. Consider, 600,000 people collecting pensions when they
    and their spouses died, years and years ago.
    There is no comparison.Recommend

  • mahesh

    He has said everything correct, and it takes a lot of courage and study. With this open article, some people might already want to hurt him. I am sure he is brave and true to answer it honestly. There are very few left like him.Recommend

  • mahesh

    Britishers ruled almost whole world with tyranny and manipulation. But that does not warrant we hate common brittons today. Right now they are at height of ‘political correctedness’.Recommend

  • mahesh

    West may not be innocent. They manipulated you, and you got manipulated. The sad truth it, now that you know that you got manipulated, you still keep blaming them rather than changing yourself! To defeat them, blaming and conspiracy theories and attacking them will do nothing. You just have to clean your ways, and they will be automatically defeated.Recommend

  • Jude Allen

    he’s ranting obviously. . . Noman hit it spot on, Saudi Arabia is the biggest sponsor of terrorism in the World.Recommend

  • Parvez

    I like the way you see it …….interesting :-)Recommend

  • Kamath

    No, he has only 12 year old child’s intelligence!Recommend

  • bigsaf

    Wow. Brave stuff. Thought this was going to be some fluff piece with excuses on poverty and marginalization or imperialism alone, which are factors but doesn’t apply to all of these ideologues and explain it all.

    Canada, under the previous Conservative government, had named Sunni Islamist extremism particularly the Wahhabi or Salafi radical kind as its top domestic or international terrorist threat, but Canada had no qualms about dealing with Saudi Arabia like every other state. Regardless, these warped teachings since the 80’s have harmed Pak and much of the globe. Not just an instrument for the Afghan war, but used as basis for the questionable Pakistani laws and the rise of sectarianism and eventually all sorts of extremism.

    Anyways another Saudi ISIL moment where they’re about to behead a poet (yes, a POET) for blasphemy. But then who are Pakistanis to judge…
    http://www.juancole.com/2015/11/arabia-sentenced-apostasy.htmlRecommend

  • Swaadhin

    Agreed Noman.

    You did not dwell upon the consequences though like:

    1. How Muslims do not realise how they are lagging back in Science and Technology due to this obsession of being a better Muslim than others and sheer contempt for those who are not Muslims.
    2. This feeling of “Iam superior” for the simple reason that you are a Muslim is stopping Muslims to learn from others.
    Recommend

  • Swaadhin

    “and sadly the government looks on with folded arms.”

    When you have lost the battle but still are in possession of the crown, it is better to go with the flow and not lose the crown rather than challenge the status quo and not just lose the crown but along with it the head.

    Taseer’s and Bhatti’s are examples which very few would like to emulate especially when Mumtaz Qadri has already been declared a hero.Recommend

  • maynotmatter

    @Nooman
    You and many muslims like you are aware of this root of extremism. What are you doing to fix it being a muslim ?Recommend

  • maynotmatter

    Blackwater is not religious organization, neither is designated terrorists. Also how does their existence justify ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Taliban ??? Are the globally designated terrorists group only killing members of Blackwater or their likes ? …. NO….They are killing civilians, Recommend

  • maynotmatter

    So are you validating it is ok for Hindus to hate Muslims because Mughals once ruled them with tyranny ? Is it rationale to live with old hatreds and hate the people whose ancestors they don’t even know did crime ?Recommend

  • DudeFromDC

    Hindus are not gloating and they are not next on his list. The reason is: they don’t flaunt their religion nor they play the victim card.. They just go about their lives and happen to be the most successful and affluent immigrant group in US.

    Something for your kind to seriously mull over.Recommend

  • DudeFromDC

    Dude.. remember.. Madrasa education is not really education.Recommend

  • Horizon

    Very well thought out points. However, why the Islamic countries except for Iran doesn’t talk against Saudi while they protest against Israel is not clear to me. End of the day, none in the West is going to clear Saudi leadership, it has to come from within Saudi or other neighboring countries.

    West has only limited options on Saudi. As seen in Iraq and Libya, toppling the ruling elite is better said than done. Getting rid of the Saudi ruling family would result in a can of poisonous snakes coming into the public space. Saudi royal family ran the country long enough to create and nurture these snakes. On top of that, these snakes, far larger than what we see in ISIS, won’t run out of resources sooner as long as they would have oil resources. Saudi might change slowly and gradually with plenty of students studying abroad and through some imported cultural among new generation. That, along with lower oil prices might help them go through a slow-reform. But that would take at least half a century … Meanwhile, West could stop selling arms to them, but that would not stop Saudis turning to Russia and China.Recommend

  • Brutus

    Mr. Noman Ansari, I can only partially agree with you, because you’ve blamed it all on Wahhabism/Salafism only. Wahhabism is not a religion or an ideology in itself, it’s merely an interpretation of holy Quran. The interpretation might be extreme, but, after all it’s based on the holy book. There must be some theological basis for such an interpretation, as you can’t interpret something out of the thin air.
    Therefore, the root cause of the current unrest in the Muslim world, could be much more complicated and deeper than the explanation given by you.Recommend

  • abhi

    You should be at better place to explain it. I am just putting forward some facts. The conspiracy theory about oil doesn’t explain the phenomenon.Recommend

  • JP

    Nope, dead wrong again. Chinese are first, hindus are a
    maligned 6th or 7th. on the list. They, basically, own 7-11
    convenience stores or Patel motels. Period.
    However, in larger cities they are taxi drivers or maids and gardeners.Recommend

  • Sashi Prakash

    very much so!Recommend

  • Faisal Ayub

    The day Muslims of the world realize that Saudi Arabia is not a religion, it is a state whose monarchs have somehow been successful in implementing the Wahhabi indoctrination to serve their own interest, their own state and their own status, would be the day religious extremism would be minimized. It is not an Islamic Ideology, it is a pack of lie which is constantly being marketed as a way of Islamic life. Muslims of the world should realize that Saudis are fooling us with their oil riches!!!Recommend

  • Faisal Ayub

    The Saudis have not produced a single scientist till now…why are we following them???Recommend

  • Shagufta Khalique

    Very well written.I think its time that the true face of Saudis and their Monarchy should be revealed at government level.Recommend

  • Eddied

    Yes let’s talk about salala wher Pak troops fired on coalition helicopters who then fired back and wiped out the entire force….or let’s talk about abbotabad where the worst terrorist in the world was sheltered for a decade in Pakistan…Recommend

  • Guest

    and america is the biggest sponsor of the saudi arabia. so if we calculate 2+2 america is the biggest sponsor of terrorism. but the rest of the world sponsor america to do what ever they want. so infact the whole world is sponsoring terrorism. what can we even do about it but to shutup and live with it our 60-70 years of life and wish we dont die in the mean time with the hands of the terrorist.Recommend

  • talha usmani

    I think you are confused between a government’s way of understanding the ideology and the ideology itself. Salafism is a concept based on pure Islamic values and principles. But if the governments are twisting it, that’s all together another case.Recommend

  • chakrs

    Also, you can find plenty on the faculty of Princeton, Berkeley, etc.Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    Sarmila Bose, a Brishit Christian needed tenure-ship as Professor at a college in Lundon, She wrote most of her book while visiting Pakistani Army Messes. She wrote what her masters wanted her to write, that too without vising one of half million gang raped Bangali woman or meeting a family of one of the 3 Million killed or 11 million who came to India as refugee. Sarmila Bose and her Brishit husband ar having the last laugh at us subcontinentals. Brishit came to our land with book (bible) and cash register in hand 400 years back and became our rulers and now they come to write book about us, so that we go on fighting among ourselves….Recommend