Nelson, Maura Lynne
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Wahhabism: From Najd to New York addresses the life and teachings of Muhammad Ibn ÔAbdal-Wahhab, a religious reformer and theologian whose ideas have impacted the ideologies ofmany modern Muslims. This paper begins with a biography of Muhammad Ibn ÔAbd al-Wahhaband an analysis of his book Kitab al-tawhid. Following this, the alliance between MuhammadIbn ÔAbd al-Wahhab and Muhammad Ibn SaÕud is discussed. Next, the history of the Kingdomof Saudi Arabia is addressed in reference to the discovery of oil and the ensuing friendshipbetween the Kingdom and America; which leads to a discussion about the Saudi Royal FamilyÕspolitical legitimacy and relations with its population. Finally, Saudi indoctrination and theexportation of Wahhabism to many countries, including America, are evaluated. Overall,Wahhabism: From Najd to New York strives to show how Wahhabism is an active religious andpolitical movement impacting Muslim communities across the globe.