If you like the article on Shiism, you might like this. I wrote this just after 9/11. In reading it over now, I see that it is possible to take away from this essay the idea that Wahhabism is the sole source of Jihadism in the modern Islamic World. This would be an error. Jihadism has many wellsprings. Wahhabism, The Society of the Muslim Brethren, Deobandism, etc.
To some extent Jihadism appears to be a recurring phenomenon in Islamic history and in particular in the history of its relations with the West.
Enthusiasm for the expansionist and unversal aspirations of the faith waxes and wanes over time. This occurs as the memory dies out in participant generations of the massive casualties and woeful destruction of societies and infrastructure that result from periods of jihadism.
Translation" "This, too, will pass," but only as the fire burns down to banked embers. The hard line zealots? Ah, well. They must go.