Alastair Crooke’s story “You Can’t Understand ISIS If You Don’t Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia.” The World Post, October 27, 2014
Alastair Crooke’s article explains where ISIS gets their radical ideas from, and there is a long history behind the issue raised. ISIS has been killing humans and committing crimes against humanity for over a year now in Iraq and Syria. The ideas and philosophies of ISIS go back to a long historical discussion that leads to a country that is now known as Saudi Arabia, and a religious movement known as Wahhabism. Wahhabism, an Islamic religious movement related with the segment of Sunni Islam, known as Islamic radicalism or Islamic Orthodoxy. It was started by Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab a Saudi Arabian academic born in 1703 in Najd, Saudi Arabia. Rendering to Wahhab, all notions and guidelines that were made after 950 CE of the Muslim era ought be ignored, as they did not follow the viewpoints of Wahhab himself. Followers of Wahhabism believe that anyone who does not follow the rules of the leader Muhammad, should be killed, and anyone who does not believe in Wahhabism is an infidel. Wahhabism is the radical segment of the Sunni section of the Islamic religion. Nonetheless even though ISIS follows the radical philosophies of Wahhabism, yet it is still extreme radical in a diverse way.
The article describes clearly where ISIS gets their radical ideas from, and illustrates clearly what Wahhabism is and how it became to be. The article gives the reader a great opportunity to understand the religious and the political aspect of the movement and how it has affected the Islamic society around the world, as well as the Middle Eastern societies. Due to ISIS and Islamic radicalism that has grown in the society in which we live in today, Islam-phobia has become a crucial issue. Yet even though the article does not express that literally, it does portray how the ideas of Wahhabism and particularly the ideas of ISIS differ from the ideas and notions of Islam.