You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia


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EHRAN (FNA)- The dramatic arrival of Da’ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexed – and horrified – by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth. But more than this, they find Saudi Arabia’s ambivalence in the face of this manifestation both troubling and inexplicable, wondering, “Don’t the Saudis understand that ISIS threatens them, too?”
It appears – even now – that Saudi Arabia’s ruling elite is divided. Some applaud that ISIS is fighting Iranian Shiite “fire” with Sunni “fire”; that a new Sunni state is taking shape at the very heart of what they regard as a historical Sunni patrimony; and they are drawn by Da’ish’s strict Salafist ideology.

Other Saudis are more fearful, and recall the history of the revolt against Abd-al Aziz by the Wahhabist Ikhwan (Disclaimer: this Ikhwan has nothing to do with the Muslim Brotherhood Ikhwan – please note, all further references hereafter are to the Wahhabist Ikhwan, and not to the Muslim Brotherhood Ikhwan), but which nearly imploded Wahhabism and the al-Saud in the late 1920s.

Many Saudis are deeply disturbed by the radical doctrines of Da’ish (ISIS) – and are beginning to question some aspects of Saudi Arabia’s direction and discourse.

rest here:
english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930607000789


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In general, I am skeptical of anything reported by Fars. They are a semi-official news agency of the Iranian government, with ties to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. They have a history of printing claims which support Iranian policy, but are not true.

In particular, I would distrust anything Fars reports about Saudi Arabia, a country which Iran regards as a foe.


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What is interesting is that the article did indeed appear first in the Huffington Post:

huffingtonpost.com/alastair-crooke/isis-wahhabism-saudi-arabia_b_5717157.html

Stated at the FARS news page at the bottom as well.


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