The historical past of the Wahhabis' shut, dependable alliance with the ancestors of the current Saudi royal kinfolk has been stated in attention-grabbing, and persuasive element via David Commins. His end isn't any much less startling because it is necessary, that Wahhabi hegemony over nearby spiritual tradition is in jeopardy; its credibility debased, almost certainly not in a position to buttress the Saudi dynasty's legitimacy. no matter what their destiny, the tale of the Wahhabis has been informed with authority and readability via Commins during this soaking up book.
- David Waines, Professor of Islamic reports, Lancaster University
‘David Commins’ cautious, accomplished and erudite account of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia couldn't have come at a extra opportune time. After such a lot of tendentious and uninformed remedies of the topic lately, it's a excitement to learn a true historian’s account, dependent upon unique Arabic assets. each person concerned with the general public debate approximately Saudi Arabia’s position within the Muslim global should still learn this book.’
—F. GREGORY GAUSE, collage OF VERMONT
‘David Commins’ paintings makes significant contributions towards knowing the historic improvement of Wahhabism, really within the nineteenth century. His research of nineteenth century Wahhabi concept demonstrates the interaction among faith and politics in this serious time, surroundings the level for the 20 th century founding of the modern country of Saudi Arabia.’
—NATANA J. DELONG-BAS, GEORGETOWN collage, writer OF WAHHABI ISLAM: FROM REVIVAL AND REFORM TO worldwide JIHAD (I.B.TAURIS)