Saudi Salafism in Western Writings

Introduction

The West has set in motion two dangerous strategies towards the Muslim world after the events of the famous September 11th under the banner of (War against Terrorism). Regardless of the events, the reasons and the master minds behind September 11th, what concerns us are the results. The two strategies utilized two methods in their application:

First: The military war that targeted Iraq and aimed at bringing down its regime and reshuffling it according to predetermined interests. This military strategy targeted Iraq for military, geographical, and political grounds due to its close vicinity to Iran the enemy and Israel the friend and ally. The Western interest and the military strategy in Iraq, whether for long or short term, is not the topic at hand here.

Second: The soft war (political, cultural, and media), that targeted the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, its religion, its statehood, its people, and its establishments. The West understands the vital status of the Kingdom in the Muslim world, and that an armed combat against it is very difficult, considering the entire Muslim world that would rally to the aid of its most holy lands in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and that any miscalculated military adventure is doomed to fail if it does not take this fact into consideration. Thus, the West had no choice but to seize the opportunity and unleash its campaign of soft war against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia alongside its military campaign in Iraq, in an attempt to change whatever possible in the religious and the cultural identity of Saudi Arabia, using its media, political and cultural pulpits to achieve the desired change.

Also, because it is (a soft war), and vicious at the same time, it focused on the most important source of spiritual power in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Islam, upon which the nation and the unity of its people have been founded. A variety of Western writings spoke about Islam and its influence inside and outside Saudi Arabia, targeting the pillars of its theory and its application in Saudi society. The subject of Salafism and Wahhabism was the focus of Westerners and their interest, in an attempt to distort the purity of both in the elite and the public opinion in the West, the Muslim world, and within Saudis themselves. Numerous Western writings have attempted to link these two ideologies to extremism and radicalism, to achieve the goals of the soft war that aimed at weakening the spiritual power and melting the religious and cultural identity of Muslims, and in pursuit of establishing the image of the (new Middle East) which these writings have promised to the Western governments, especially the United States of America.

This publication is an impassive attempt to speak about the ideology of Wahhabism, its description, and its effect inside and outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to discuss the claims of its relation to violence, radicalism and the terrorism that many Western writings blow its whistles about. Moreover, to attempt to remove the mystery that is attached to the writings that addressed the ideology of Salafism and Wahhabism, these very writings that omitted some information and surrounded other with mystery, in order to link these ideologies to an evil agenda and to humiliate the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which is viewed by such writings as the supporter and the harborer of Salafism and Wahhabism and the source of their pervasion.

So, before reading the chapters of this book, it is necessary, for the sake of honesty and objectivity, to point out the truth that many Western writers have done their due diligence to seek the truth about Wahhabism and, its definition, and its influence inside and outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, they have made some unintentional errors but were committed to the proper scientific research and the integrity of narration from different sources, thus their writings were fair and just, presenting the truth to the sound minds despite a few errors in some parts.

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