The 9 / 11 Terror Attacks Essay

1582 Words Nov 3rd, 2016 7 Pages
The 9/11 terror attacks in New York City thrust Islam to the forefront of the western world. Islamic militancy gained global recognition and a discourse began on the Islamist movement. In the weeks following the attacks, public perception of Islamic violence, Jihad, and Islam were blurred by the media. This confusion created an aura of distinction, fueling nationalism and reigniting the West vs. East debate. Despite this, the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the US government remained firm. The ideological differences between the countries have manifested themselves in the forms of American Imperialism and Saudi Wahhabism. The rise of Islamic Fundamentalism is a result of both Saudi Arabia and the United States trying to advance their separate goals while maintaining their existing relationship. In 1932, Abdel Aziz, also known as Ibn Saud, established control over numerous areas and established the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi monarchy’s legitimacy and Ibn Saud’s ascent to King was due largely to an alliance with the family of ibn Abd al-Wahhab, the founder of the Wahhabi sect of Islam (Vitalis 133). This alliance proved to be a durable one and now Wahhabism is the state sponsored form of Sunni Islam in Saudi Arabia. The popularity of Wahhabism grew with the help of Saudi petroleum exports. In 1933 King Abdel Aziz granted a concession to Standard Oil to explore Saudi Arabia 's eastern province and Oil is discovered the same year, and the joint enterprise become…

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