The content of Osama bin Laden’s personal library was declassified a few days ago by the Director of the Office of National Intelligence. Surprising to many, bin Laden, al-Qaeda’s mastermind, had a copy of The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly Hall (1928), a classic of New Age, or alternative spiritual thought that would seem in every way to contradict Jihadism and fundamentalist religion.
So, why did bin Laden have a copy of this book? I document the historical connections between radical Muslim activists and alternative spirituality of the 19th and early 20th centuries in my book The Crescent and The Compass, as well as contemporary Islamist anti-Freemasonry (the fraternal movement that influenced much underground Western spirituality). So, it didn’t come as a shock to me.
Eurasia Review has published a short article by me explaining what bin Laden’s interest in the book would have been, and why this connection is important.
To read the whole article visit Eurasia Review here.