Madawi al-Rasheed A History of Saudi Arabia

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A History of Saudi Arabia

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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.

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'Madawi al-Rasheed's critical reinterpretation of Saudi Arabian history is not only timely, it is provocative. It is informed by both excellent scholarship and a familiarity with the subject that comes from knowing it from the inside. Both sympathizers with and critics of the country will find their stereotypes of the Saudi reality challenged.' F. Gregory Gause, III, University of Vermont

'Madawi Al-Rasheed's book, just hot from the printing press, is most welcome because it contributes to the fulfilment of the critical need for scholarly works on Saudi Arabia. ... This book is eminently readable, well researched and, in important parts, original. Al-Rasheed's points are argued cogently and her interpretation of Saudi history, which challenges conventional wisdom with new perspectives, will keep the reader's mind continually alive.' The Journal of Energy Literature

'... this is a lucid and accessible introduction to, and interpretation of, Saudi Arabia's political history.' International Affairs

'This is a rich and rewarding study which will be invaluable to academic specialists, students, journalists, policy makers, and to all those trying to understand the enigma of Saudi Arabia.' Archiv Orientální

'Madawi Al-Rasheed's History of Saudi Arabia is a refreshingly iconoclastic book ... As far as I know, the 'true story' has, not been previously told in quite such critical and well-footnoted detail.' Peter Sluglett, American Historical Review

'... subtle and complex ... This is one of the most refreshing, well-researched and clearly-written books to appear on Saudi Arabia in recent times ... nowhere have I read a more analytic and innovative treatment of the making of the Saudi state. Librarians, please take note: this book is essential to well-stocked libraries everywhere in the world.' Bulletin for the Royal Institute of Inter-Faith Studies

'Al-Rasheed's book appears at an apposite time when Western interest in Saudi Arabia has never been greater.' Asian Affairs

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This second edition analyses the challenges, both internal and external, facing Saudi Arabia in the twenty-first century. Two new chapters and an updated conclusion bring the history of Saudi Arabia up to the present day, analysing the political, economic and social developments in the aftermath of 9/11.

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