Salafist/Wahhabite Financial Support to Educational, Social and Religious Institutions

11-06-2013

In recent years, the impact of funding educational, social and religious institutions by Salafi/Wahhabi networks in the Muslim world has become remarkable. This finding opens a political issue in an environment that is undergoing considerable social tensions and very rapid transformations. The main issue of this study concerns the purpose of these funds. Are they purely charitable or are they elements of a political control strategy? This study, devoted to the case of Egypt, Tunisia, Bosnia, Pakistan and Indonesia came to a common conclusion for these five countries. Financial aid granted by Salafi/Wahhabi, whether by institutional or private donators, systematically pursue a goal of political influence.

In recent years, the impact of funding educational, social and religious institutions by Salafi/Wahhabi networks in the Muslim world has become remarkable. This finding opens a political issue in an environment that is undergoing considerable social tensions and very rapid transformations. The main issue of this study concerns the purpose of these funds. Are they purely charitable or are they elements of a political control strategy? This study, devoted to the case of Egypt, Tunisia, Bosnia, Pakistan and Indonesia came to a common conclusion for these five countries. Financial aid granted by Salafi/Wahhabi, whether by institutional or private donators, systematically pursue a goal of political influence.

Autor extern

William RACIMORA (European Strategic Intelligence and Security Center - ESISC, Belgium)