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God's Terrorists

God's Terrorists
Title: God's Terrorists
Genre: history, publicism
Annotation:What are the roots of todays militant fundamentalism in the Muslim world? In this insightful and wide-ranging history, Charles Allen finds an answer in an eighteenth-century reform movement of Muhammed ibn Abd al-Wahhab and his followersthe Wahhabiwho sought the restoration of Islamic purity and declared violent jihad on all who opposed them. The Wahhabi teaching spread rapidlyfirst throughout the Arabian Peninsula, then to the Indian subcontinent, where a more militant expression of Wahhabism flourished. The ranks of todays Taliban and al-Qaeda are filled with young men trained in Wahhabi theology.Gods Terrorists sheds much-needed light on the origins of modern terrorism and shows how this dangerous ideology lives on today.
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  1. Charles Allen GOD S TERRORISTS The Wahhabi Cult and the Hidden Roots of Modern Jihad
  2. Maps
  3. Preface to the US Paperback Edition
  4. Preface to the First Edition
  5. Acknowledgements
  6. MAP
  7. Introduction: Am I not a Pakhtun?
  8. The Peshawur Valley: John Adyes map of 1863 showing the Yusufzai country and Mahabun Mountain
  9. 1 Death of a Commissioner
  10. 2 The Puritan of the Desert
  11. 3 The False Dawn of the Imam-Mahdi
  12. 4 The Call of the Imam-Mahdi
  13. 5 The Early Summer of 1857
  14. 6 The Late Summer of 1857
  15. 7 The Ambeyla Disaster
  16. 8 The Wahabees on Trial
  17. 9 The Frontier Ablaze
  18. Mohmand, Swat and Buner: map from 1898
  19. 10 The Brotherhood
  20. 11 The Coming Together
  21. 12 The Unholy Alliance
  22. Illustrations
  23. The British prepare to invade Afghanistan for the third time: a fanciful engraving from the Illustrated London News
  24. Pathans in ambush: an early lithograph from the 1840s by Lieutenant James Rattray, from his Costumes of the Various Tribes of Afghaunistan
  25. Elephant-drawn artillery and commissariat column pass a mosque in Peshawar city: an engraving from 1878 (Illustrated London News)
  26. Abdallah Ebn-Souhoud, Chief of the Wahabys, beheaded at Constantinople in 1819: an engraving of the captured Wahhabi Emir Abdullah ibn Saud, from Sir Harford Jones Brydges
  27. Four armed Bedouin on horseback c . 1900 (George Eastman House)
  28. Maulvies or learned teachers of religion in the courtyard of an old-style madrassah, northern India, late nineteenth century (Charles Allen)
  29. A street in Patna city showing Fakir Dowlah s mosque: a pen and ink sketch drawn in 1824 by Sir Charles DOyly of the Bengal Civil Service (Oriental and India Office Collection, British Library)
  30. The Warning or the inoffensive Wahabee gentlemen: William Taylers caption to his cartoon, which shows Sir Frederick Halliday (the Bengal Giant) racquet in hand, restraining William Tayler (the
  31. Another of William Tayler s cartoons, drawn by him in 1857 after his dismissal, captioned Lootf Alis release and Martyred Victim of the Commissioners Cruelty. The gold-braided Lieutenant-Govern
  32. The Umbeylah Pass and Chumlah Valley: the scene of the Ambeyla Campaign disaster of 1863. The Wahhabi stronghold of Malka was sited on the distant mountain peak at the head of the valley. A sketch b
  33. Storming the heights of Laloo, 15 December 1863: the final engagement of the Ambeyla Campaign: a sketch by Major John Adye, reproduced in Lord Roberts,
  34. Saiyyeds of the Black Mountains, drawn by Lockwood Kipling of Lahore, father of Rudyard Kipling. The Saiyyeds provided a haven for the Hindustani Fanatics and three expeditions were mounted in the 188
  35. The banners of jihad: a band of ghazis or religious fanatics advance towards their enemy waving banners, banging drums and firing their jezails in the air. A watercolour by Lieutenant Dixon, 16th La
  36. The murdered Viceroy, Lord Mayo, 1872. His public declaration that he would destroy the Wahhabis made him a target for assassination (Illustrated London News)
  37. Shere Ali Khan, assassin of the Viceroy Lord Mayo, photographed in chains prior to his hanging. Although it was never proved, Shere Ali was widely believed to have been put up to it by the Wahhabis in
  38. A mullah rallies his mujahedeen at Malakand: a detail from the charge of the 13th (Duke of Connaught
  39. A scene from the great Frontier uprising of 1897 8: Sikh infantry face a charge from Swati tribesmen at Malakand. A watercolour by Major Edmond Hobday (National Army Museum)
  40. British and Indian troops defend Chakdara Fort against Swati tribesmen in a night attack: a watercolour by Major Edmond Hobday, who was present at the engagement (National Army Museum)
  41. The famous charge of the Gordon Highlanders to retake the Dargai Heights on 20 October 1897 during the Tirah Campaign (Mary Evans Picture Library)
  42. A Pathan tribal lashkar come forward under their khan to make their submissions to a British political officer at the conclusion of the shortlived Third Afghan War of 1919 (Charles Allen)
  43. The ruins of Dariyah, first capital of the al-Saud dynasty, photographed by Harry St John Philby in 1917
  44. The Emir of Nejd and Imam of the Ikhwan, Abdul Aziz ibn Saud, with his brothers and sons, photographed by Captain Shakespear when he joined his camp near Thaj in 1911 (Royal Geographical Society)
  45. The former British political officer Harry St John Philby shortly after his supposed conversion to Wahhabi Islam in Mecca in September 1930 (Royal Geographical Society)
  46. British diplomats present Ibn Saud with the Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in Riyadh in 1935. Behind the King stand the heir-apparent, Prince Saud, and Ibn Saud
  47. The one-eyed Mullah Muhammad Omar appears on a rooftop in Kandahar draped in the cloak of the Prophet in April 1996 before being acclaimed Amir-ul-Momineen of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. A ra
  48. Armed Taliban near Kabul, 1996 (Hurriyet/AP/Empics)
  49. The madrassah of Dar ul-Ulum Deoband in India as it is today. Founded by two Wahhabi survivors of the 1857 uprising, it has become the headquarters of a fundamentalist teaching that now extends to thi
  50. Taliban in a classroom at Dar ul-Ulum Deoband madrassah. At the core of Deobandi teaching is the Hadith and Tawhid, the oneness of God (David Bathgate/Corbis)
  51. The emir of Al-Qaeda and his wazir: Osama bin Laden, also known as Al-Shaykh, with the man widely viewed as his lieutenant but more accurately described as his ideologue, Dr Ayman al-Zawahri. Taken
  52. The Wahhabi Ahl-i-HadithDeobandi axis: leaders of Pakistans main Islamist political parties at a rally in Rawalpindi in August 2003. In 2001 they united to form the Muttahida Majlis-I-Amal (MMA) or
  53. Leading Muslim personalities
  54. Appendix 1: The roots of the Al-Saud Al-Wahhab family alliance
  55. Appendix 2: The Wahhabi family tree in India
  56. Glossary
  57. Bibliography
  58. Arabia and the Middle East: primary and historical sources (pre-1947)
  59. Arabia and the Middle East: secondary and modern sources (post-1940)
  60. India, Afghanistan and Central Asia: primary and historical sources (pre-1947)
  61. India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia: secondary and modern sources (post-1947)
  62. General and reference: primary and secondary sources (post-1947)
  63. Index
  64. Also by Charles Allen
  65. Copyright
  66. Footnote

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