Contesting the Saudi State
Islamic Voices from a New Generation
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Contesting the Saudi State by Madawi Al-Rasheed
Book DescriptionThe 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521858366
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Madawi Al-Rasheed
Muted Modernists, Hardback (November 2015)
Challenges traditional notions of Saudi conservatism by highlighting the long tradition of engagement with modernism there
Most Masculine State, Paperback (March 2013)
This book goes beyond conventional tropes describing women in Saudi Arabia to probe the historical, political and religious forces thwarting their emancipation.
Demystifying the Caliphate, Paperback (January 2013)» View all books by Madawi Al-Rasheed
An absorbing reflection on the Caliphate and the re-imagining of the Muslim ummah as a diverse multi-ethnic community
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Author Biography - Madawi Al-Rasheed
Madawi Al-Rasheed is Professor of Social Anthropology at King's College, University of London. Her publications include Politics in an Arabian Oasis (1991); A History of Saudi Arabia (2002); (with R. Vitalis) Counter Narratives: History, Contemporary Politics, and Society in Saudi Arabia and Yemen (2004); and Transnational Connections and the Arab Gulf (2005).
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