An early 18th century British spy in the Ottoman lands revealed covert operations designed to spread separatism across the Muslim world. Hempher is a British missioner who was assigned the task of carrying on espionage . Page 4 of 7 1 Waqf Ikhlas publications Confessions of a British Spy . Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only.
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The following account was written in the context of a book about conspiracy theories; therefore, I did not need to state what needs to be stated here, namely that the Bfitish Hempher story is utter nonsense. While he did resort to such aides as “alcohol and fornication,” his main instrument was political: Hempher’s first mission to divide the Muslims was also his most successful.
He began by locating a capable but impressionable young man named Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab of Najd. I established a very intimate friendship with [him]. I launched a campaign of praising him everywhere. Hempher proceeded to bring Muhammad more fully under his control by setting him up with one of the Christian women specifically sent out from London to seduce Muslim youth.
Confessions of a British Spy
Together the two pseudo-Muslims “began to pull the shawl of belief slowly off the shoulders of Muhammad of Najd. They discussed theological and political subjects, and Muhammad fell ever more under the Briton’s influence. As Britisy reports with satisfaction, he “was following the path I had drawn for him. In short order, Muhammad founded the Wahhabi doctrine that still today prevails in Saudi Arabia.
Confessions of a British Spy by Mr. Hempher
Hempher exulted in the moment, secure in his knowledge that Muhammad would thereby “demolish Islam from within. This success achieved, London sent Hempher orders to move on, now to make trouble among the Shi’a.
Although the Ottoman sultan had been “kind and generous” to the Shi’a of Iraq, Hempher managed to turn them against the sultan by joining their circles of religious instruction. Hempher quickly found the Shi’a to be ignorant and conession, in other words, for his mischief. But he also found them “sound asleep” and unwilling to revolt against the authorities in Istanbul. Having not succeeded on this second mission, Hempher was duly recalled to London.
Hempher britis learned that he was only one of 5, British agents assigned with the same mission of weakening the Muslims, and that the government planned to increase the number of agents toby the end of the eighteenth century: Armed with this new knowledge, Hempher returned to the field, where he again connected with Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab, instructing him in the distinctive doctrines of Wahhabism such as the rejection of mausoleums.
Memoirs of Mr. Hempher, The British Spy to the Middle East – Wikipedia
Hempher stayed two years more with Muhammad, under the guise of being his slave. InHempher orchestrated Muhammad’s revolt against the Ottomans. To help the cause, 11 other Arabic-speaking British officers turned up, and they, too, paraded themselves as Muhammad’s slaves.
Thus did the Wahhabi variant of fundamentalist Islam come to dominate most of the Arabian peninsula through an elaborate conspiracy. It is widely available on the Internet, bfitish at http: All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
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Go to Mobile Site. For more information, click here. Middle East Fears of Conspiracy,” pp. DP] [T]he most detailed and interesting claim that a Western power sponsored fundamentalist Islam is the elaborate plot devised by Turkish Sunni Muslims to explain how the British government in the early s planted a spy named Hempher who conceived of and spread the Wahhabi doctrine.