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A History of Saudi Arabia

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: May 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521747547

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  • This updated edition analyses the challenges, both internal and external, facing Saudi Arabia in the twenty-first century. Two new chapters discuss the political, economic and social developments in the aftermath of 9/11, painting a vivid picture of a country shocked by terrorism and condemned by the international community. Madawi Al-Rasheed reveals that fragmentation of royal politics, a failing economy and fermenting Islamist dissent posed serious threats to state and society in 2001. She assesses the consequent state reforms introduced under pressure of terrorism, international scrutiny and a social mobilisation of men, women and minorities struggling to shape their future against a background of repression and authoritarian rule. While Saudi Arabia is still far from establishing a fourth state, there are signs that the people are ready for a serious change that will lead them to a state of institutions rather than princes.

    • The new edition brings the history of Saudi Arabia up to the present, analysing political and social developments in the aftermath of 9/11
    • Includes two new chapters, a new preface and updated conclusion, bibliography and glossary
    • This will be invaluable to scholars, students, policy-makers and journalists, trying to follow Saudi history and politics to the twenty first century
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: May 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521747547
    • length: 342 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 2 maps 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Society and politics, 1744–1818 and 1824–91
    2. The emerging state, 1902–32
    3. Control and loyalty, 1932–53
    4. The politics of dissent, 1953–73
    5. From affluence to austerity, 1973–90
    6. The Gulf War and its aftermath, 1990–2000
    7. Narratives of the state, narratives of the people
    8. The challenges of a new era
    9. Modernising authoritarian rule.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Gender and Society in the Modern M.E.
    • Politics of Middle East
  • Author

    Madawi al-Rasheed, King's College London
    Madawi Al-Rasheed is Professor of Anthropology of Religion at King's College, London. She specialises in Saudi history, politics, religion and society. Her recent publications include Contesting the Saudi State (2007) and Kingdom without Borders (2008).

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