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Wahhabism: A Critical Essay

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Wahhabism, a peculiar interpretation of Islamic doctrine and practice that first arose in mid-eighteenth century Arabia, is sometimes regarded as simply an extreme or uncompromising form of Sunni Islam. This is incorrect, for at the very outset the movement was stigmatized as aberrant by the leading Sunni scholars of the day, because it rejected many of the traditional bel ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published March 10th 2002 by Islamic Publications International
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Rich Rimkunas
The best way to understand Saudi Arabia. Read it.
Muhammad Ma'mun
Tinjauan kritis Prof. Algar atas gerakan Wahhabi ini enak dibaca, bernas juga. Pendirian-pendiriannya atas gerakan yang didirikan Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab ini juga "mewakili" suara-suara kaum Muslim 'mainstream'. Memang subjektif, tapi tetap akademis. Kadang-kadang, saya harus mengeluarkan senyum simpul saat membaca komentar-komentar sambil lalu Algar atas Wahhabisme atau Ibn Abd al-Wahhab. Misalnya, saat ia menulis bahwa buku-buku Ibn Abd al-Wahhab lebih pantas disebut "buku catatan seorang p ...more
Kevin
Nothing really to it. A basic diatrabe on what the author believes as the difference between wahhabi and other isalmists. It takes him to the second to last chapter to tell you that he is against wahhabism. I knew that after the first chapter. This book is short and doesn't comprise of really anything. It makes statements without expanding and giving them a rational. Kind of like:

the orthodox christians have a different cross than the roman, and stopping without saying why.
Lumumba Shakur
The beauty of this book is that Dr. Hamid Algar relies on Saudi historical writings themselves to proves his case. As it is an essay, it is quite short. I only wish it was expanded into a full-fledged book.
Kathleen O'Neal
A brief introduction to Wahhabism I read for a class on Islam I took as part of my religion program at FSU. A competent introduction.
Leo Africanus
Fiery yet engaging (and well referenced) polemics.
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Hamid Algar (b. 1940) is a British-American Professor Emeritus of Persian studies at the Faculty of Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley. He is a prolific writer on Persian and Arabic literature and contemporary history of Iran, Turkey, the Balkans and Afghanistan.
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