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See H. : MIT Press, 1998). 27. Lipson, Standing Guard, 14. 28. See A. G. Hopkins, “Property Rights and Empire Building: Britain’s Annexation of Lagos, 1861,” Journal of Economic History 40 (1980): 777–98. 29. Lipson, Standing Guard, 15. 30. Cain and Hopkins, British Imperialism, 650. 31. Lipson, Standing Guard, 66. 32. See Knock, To End All Wars, 226. 33. B. Eichengreen, Globalizing Capital (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996), 4. 34. ” The World Economy 26, no. 4 (April 2003): 471–82.

The Syrian geographer Al-Muqaddasi described the Islamic world at the turn of the millenium: “The strict political unity which had once characterized Islam had been shattered in the tenth century . . ”52 This paradise was shattered by the rise of the West. When the Ottomans were turned back after the siege of Vienna in 1683, the Islamic world went into relative decline, and by the end of the First World War and the dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire, it was clear that Islam was a defeated civilization.

The charitable donations required of all believers have often—perhaps innocently—ended up in charities which funded Al Qaeda. The Saudis have directly and indirectly funded the mosques and madrasas which preach hatred against the infidels—the Jews, Christians, and above all, the Hindus—to young minds, who learn little if anything about the modern world. But for the Saudis to eschew or put a stop to this funding would undoubtedly create a Wahabi backlash in Saudi Arabia and end the dynasty. For the rest of the world, the poison spread by Wahabi evangelism is becoming intolerable.

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