- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: January 2015
- Print publication year: 2015
- Online ISBN: 9781139047586
Making sense of Saudi Arabia is crucially important today. The kingdom's western province contains the heart of Islam, and it is the United States' closest Arab ally and the largest producer of oil in the world. However, the country is undergoing rapid change: its aged leadership is ceding power to a new generation, and its society, dominated by young people, is restive. Saudi Arabia has long remained closed to foreign scholars, with a select few academics allowed into the kingdom over the past decade. This book presents the fruits of their research as well as those of the most prominent Saudi academics in the field. This volume focuses on different sectors of Saudi society and examines how the changes of the past few decades have affected each. It reflects new insights and provides the most up-to-date research on the country's social, cultural, economic and political dynamics.
Robert Vitalis - University of Pennsylvania
Noah Feldman - Harvard Law School
Jon B. Alterman - Senior Vice President, Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy and Director, Middle East Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Gilles Kepel - Sciences Po, Paris
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William Ochsenwald Source: Bustan: The Middle East book Review
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