Lifting the mask of international terrorism, Terence Ward reveals a sinister truth. Far from being "the West's ally in the War on Terror," Saudi Arabia is in reality the largest exporter of Wahhabism, the severe, ultra-conservative sect of Islam that is both Saudi Arabia's official religion and the foundation for international terror groups such as ISIS, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and Boko Haram, and the Saudi regime has created a well-oiled machine dedicated to building schools and funding programs throughout the Middle East that promote it. To the end of further expanding their influence, these efforts have now been focused on European cities, as well. The front lines of the War of Terror aren't a world away; they're in our own backyard.
Raised in Saudi Arabia before spending much of his life working in the Middle East, Terence Ward gives his unique insight to the culture of extremism, its rapid expansion, and how it can be stopped.
SubtitleHow the Saudis Spread Extremism Globally
AuthorBy Terence Ward
Published6 November 2018
Dimensions5.50 x 8.25in.
Illustrationscolor photo insert.
About the author
Terence Ward is a US-born writer, documentary producer, and cross-cultural consultant who grew up in Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Egypt. After graduating from UC Berkeley, he worked for ten years for Middle East Industrial Relations Counselors consulting with clients across the Gulf. The author of Searching for Hassan and The Guardian of Mercy, he serves as international trustee for World Conference of Religions for Peace. He is a member of the noted Middle Eastern Institute (ISMEO) in Rome and divides his time between Florence and New York.
"As tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia have rapidly escalated, Ward reaches out with a thoughtful perspective on Saudi Arabia and the West."—Stanley Weiss, founder of Business Executives for National Security and author of Where Have You Gone, Harry Truman?: The Selected Works of Stanley Weiss
"Ward's book is a compulsion of our time. I believe his experience living in Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia, and his percipient observation of day-to-day life in each Muslim country, will help us to have a more insightful view of the "Wahhabi question." His concern about its possible impact on the world's war and peace should be ours."—Goenawan Mohamad, founder of Tempo Magazine and author of In Other Words: Forty Years of Essays from Indonesia
"Terence Ward, an American long rooted in Italy, has written a precious book interpreting ISIS. . . . Through massive financing of mosques and madrasas, they are trying to attract traditional Islam to their radical vision, and on the other side, they have financed our politicians and the mass media to silently abide."—Franco Cardini, Middle East expert and author of Europe and Islam and Treasures of Florence