The Blame Game: Holding Saudi Arabia responsible for Islamist terrorism lets Western governments off the hook

As featured in IPS Journal



Recipients of Saudi proselytising were not passive agents. From London to Kabul to Jakarta, Wahhabi discourse was consumed, contested and re-imagined in transnational processes largely unintended by its initial sponsors. It assumed its own momentum. Wahhabism has simply become a pejorative term for what is in reality a broad range of different beliefs and affiliations that often contradict or contest one another, ranging from non-violent or apolitical iterations to "salafi-jihadism".