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1 A History of Saudi Arabia

Madawi al-Rasheed

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 2002, 0-521-64412-7 / 9780521644129, First Edition, Paperback, New, 
Saudi Arabia is a wealthy and powerful country which wields influence in the West and across the Islamic world. Yet it remains a closed society. Its history in the twentieth century is dominated by the story of state formation. After the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, Ibn Sa’ud fought a long campaign to bring together a disparate people from across the Arabian peninsula. In 1932 the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was born. Madawi al-Rasheed traces its extraordinary history from the age of emirates in the nineteenth century, through the 1990 Gulf War, to the present day. She fuses chronology with analysis, personal experience with oral histories, and draws on local and foreign documents to illuminate the social and cultural life of the Saudis. This is a rich and rewarding book which will be invaluable to students, and to all those trying to understand the enigma of Saudi Arabia. Contents Introduction; 1. Society and politics (1744?818 and 1824?1); 2. The emerging state (1902?918); 3. Control and loyalty; 4. The politics of dissent (1953?3); 5. From affluence to austerity (1973?0); 6. The Gulf War and its aftermath (1990?000); 7. Narratives of the state, narratives of the people; Conclusions. Printed Pages: 274 with 8 half-tones, 3 tables, 2 maps, and 3 genealogical tables. 008716

Price: 18.90 USD
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2 Contesting the Saudi State: Islamic Voices from a New Generation

Madawi al-Rasheed

Cambridge University Press, New Delhi, India, 2006, 0521858364 / 9780521858366, First Edition, Hardcover, Brand New, Brand New, 
The terms Wahhabi or Salafi are seen as interchangeable and frequently misunderstood by outsiders. However, as Madawi al-Rasheed explains in a fascinating exploration of Saudi Arabia in the twenty-first century, even Saudis do not agree on their meaning. Under the influence of mass education, printing, new communication technology, and global media, they are forming their own conclusions and debating religion and politics in traditional and novel venues, often violating official taboos and the conservative values of the Saudi society. Drawing on classical religious sources, contemporary readings and interviews, Al-Rasheed presents an ethnography of consent and contest, exploring the fluidity of the boundaries between the religious and political. Bridging the gap between text and context, the author also examines how states and citizens manipulate religious discourse for purely political ends, and how this manipulation generates unpredictable reactions whose control escapes those who initiated them. ?A groundbreaking analysis of religious and political debate in Saudi Arabia after 9/11 ?Explains the rise of a radical Islamist movement in Saudi Arabia ?Considers Bin Laden’s legacy and Saudi attitudes towards its ‘favourite son? Contents Glossary; Maps; Introduction; 1. Consenting subjects: official Wahhabi religio-political discourse; 2. Re-enchanting politics: Sahwis from contestation to co-optation; 3. Struggling for the way of God abroad: from localism to transnationalism; 4. Struggling for the way of God at home: the politics and poetics of jihad; 5. Debating Salafis: Lewis Atiyat Allah and the jihad obligation; 6. Searching for the unmediated word of God; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index. Printed Pages: 332 with 1 map. 028068

Price: 35.00 USD
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3 Kingdom Without Borders: Saudi Arabia's Political, Religious and Media Frontiers

Madawi al-Rasheed (ed.)

Hurst & Company, London, UK, 2008, 1850659311 / 9781850659310, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 
Printed Pages: 395. 028656

Price: 17.25 USD
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