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By: Michael Bruckler, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Assistant Professor ofHistoryJeffEdenhad a new article publishedin the“British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.”
With “Did Ibn Saud’s Militants Cause 400,000 Casualties? Myths and Evidence about the Wahhabi Conquests, 1902–1925,” Eden proposes that the claim that Ibn Saud’s militants killed or wounded between 400,000 and 800,000 people during the Wahhabi conquest of the Arabian Peninsula between 1902 and 1925 is wildly exaggerated. Eden uncovers the origins of the statistic and challenges its validity by proposing a more realistic casualty estimate.