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If you, like me, don't know much about Islam, particularly the variety espoused by Daesh and Saudi Arabia, this may help:

You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia

I'm about halfway through it, and it seems like a well-written explanation. You may need scrap paper to keep track of all the people named ibn Wahhab or ibn Saud, though. Wikipedia helped me fix the dates of the founders of Wahhabism and the House of Saud.

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(Anonymous)
Nov. 18th, 2015 08:19 pm (UTC)
Another good resource about how the Middle East got this way is "Desert Queen," a biography of Gertrude Bell. Don't have the author's name handy Very insightful.

Fran

(Oakley is at daycare with his friends Moose, Ralphie, and Hank.)
songdogmi
Nov. 19th, 2015 07:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Fran! I'll look for that one.

Moose, Ralphie, and Hank sound like a pack of likable troublemakers. Better keep an eye on them.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 19th, 2015 09:08 pm (UTC)
Will tag you next time a pic of them gets posted on FB. :)
Fran
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