The Wahhabi Code: How the Saudis Spread Extremism Globally
Monday, May 13, 2019 (Evening)
TYPE: Speaker Reception
Wahhabism — the ultra-conservative doctrine of Saudi Arabia — is also the core ideology of ISIS, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Boko Haram. As the Saudis have nurtured the spread of Wahhabism and its lethal ideology throughout the world, they have succeeded in silencing most media criticism…until recently.
Terence Ward’s new book The Wahhabi Code pulls the mask off Saudi Arabia and examines the Saudi history of aiding and abetting extremists while claiming to be their enemy. He also examines other critical questions: Will Crown Prince Bin Salman (aka MBS) face a backlash from the Khashoggi murder, the war in Yemen, and the imprisonment of women activists? Will MBS bring about a more moderate Islam or is he setting the stage for a conflict with Iran that could plunge America into yet another war?
Terence Ward is a writer and producer, and has advised companies, foundations and governments on the Middle East for 25 years. Born in Boulder, Colorado, he grew up in Saudi Arabia and Iran. He received his BA in political science at the University of California at Berkeley and continued his studies in Egypt, specializing in Near Eastern history and contemporary Islamic political movements. He received his MBA from the International Management Institute (IMI) in Geneva and serves as an international trustee to Religions for Peace.
The book will be available for purchase and signing.
PRICE: $20 Members; $25 Non-members. $15 Young Dems. Includes hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar.