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Who are the Wahhabi Muslims? Muslim puritans, United States allies

How the Wahhabi clerics, in tandem with Saudi royal elite, have destroyed 90% of Islamic monuments in Mecca and Medina.

Many people today have heard about the Wahhabi movement in Islam, but few have any actual information about the history and ideology of this puritanical movement.

Many have a sense that these teachings, emanating from Saudi Arabia, are responsible for much of the extremist teachings around the world, but have a hard time figuring out why and how the Wahhabis are engaged in displacing indigenous and local Islamic practices and interpretations worldwide.

In order to answer these questions, I recently offered a lecture, along with a slide show of relevant images.  In it, I examine the ways in which the Wahhabi ideology, linked with the Saudi royal linkage, is responsible for demolishing, destroying, and bulldozing over 90% of Islamic monuments in Mecca and Medina.

The powerpoint slideshow and the talk on history of Wahhabi movement can be accessed and downloaded here.    Feel free to share.