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Force and Fanaticism: Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia and Beyond Hardcover – 18 Jul 2015

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd; 1st Edition edition (18 July 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849044643
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849044646
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 3 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 579,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Dr Valentine has written an arresting study that combines the curiosity of the travel writer, the tenacity of a good journalist, and the rigour of the academic ... provides not only an exhaustive account of Wahhabism's founder, history and spread, doctrines, and practices, but also communicates something of the texture of its lived reality.' --Church Times

'Valentine, a British Methodist pastor and teacher who taught in Saudi Arabia, has written a useful book about the desert kingdom ... The author explores important topics, including the mutawwa, or religious police, and provides useful historical context, discussing the origins of "Wahhabism," its alliance with the House of Saud, and the oil discoveries that changed everything.' --The Jewish Voice

'A thoughtful and comprehensive overview of Wahhabi Islam and its influence on public life in Saudi Arabia. The author's mix of analyses and anecdotes makes for an interesting and easy read ... Partly a travelogue, Force and Fanaticism also gives powerful impressions of life in the Kingdom, especially among ordinary people.' --Middle East Journal

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Simon Ross Valentine is a freelance British lecturer and researcher into Islam and comparative religions who has taught part-time at Leeds University and Bradford University. His Islam and the Ahmadiyya Jama'at: History, Belief, Practice was published by Hurst in 2008.

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