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The Failure of Jihad in Saudi Arabia A Saudi woman and her son walk past the Imam Muhammad ibn Abdel-Wahhab Philanthropic School for Women's Quranic Studies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 21, 2003.AP Photo Occasional Paper, Combating Terrorism Center February 25, 2010 Author: Thomas Hegghammer, Former Associate, Initiative on Religion in International Affairs/International Security Program, 2009–2010; Former Research Fellow, Initiative on Religion in International Affairs/International Security Program, 2008–2009 Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security; Religion in International Affairs The Failure of Jihad in Saudi Arabia
From Arab Nationalism to OPEC
Saudi Arabia is a wealthy and powerful country which exerts influence in the West and across the Islamic world. Yet it remains a closed society. The author traces its history from the age of emirates in the nineteenth century to the present day. A History of Saudi Arabia A History of Saudi Arabia
Professor Madawi Al Rasheed Professor Madawi Al Rasheed Salman al-Awdah: In the shadow of revolutions The Middle East in London Magazine April-May 2013 Madawi Al-Rasheed charts how religious scholars in Saudi Arabia reacted and adapted to the Arab uprisings There is nothing that prompts us to encourage revolution as it is enshrined in danger... .It just comes when profound reform has stumbled. Salman al-Awdah, Islamist Like all of us watching the Arab world in the last two years, Saudi Islamists (I refer throughout to the Salafi Islamists) were taken by surprise when the Arab masses marched en masse calling for the downfall of their regimes.
Contesting the Saudi State
The History of Saudi Arabia - Vassiliev America is now engaged in the 10th year of war in Islamic countries, and there is no end in sight. A realistic understanding of the very heartland of the Islamic world is essential for the political leadership in our country - the decision makers - and it is equally important for the academics and "think tank" specialists who provide the advise and "policy papers." This book is not for the casual readership of the general public, but it would be inspiring if a few "enlightened citizens," in the best Jeffersonian ideal, would tackle it, simply to be better informed on one of the central issues of our times. The History of Saudi Arabia - Vassiliev
Desert Kingdom - Toby Craig Jones Desert Kingdom - Toby Craig Jones Oil and water, and the science and technology used to harness them, have long been at the heart of political authority in Saudi Arabia. Oil’s abundance, and the fantastic wealth it generated, has been a keystone in the political primacy of the kingdom’s ruling family. The other bedrock element was water, whose importance was measured by its dearth. Over much of the twentieth century, it was through efforts to control and manage oil and water that the modern state of Saudi Arabia emerged. The central government’s power over water, space, and people expanded steadily over time, enabled by increasing oil revenues.
Toby C. Jones

Princes, Brokers, and Bureaucrats, Oil and the State in Saudi Arabia Princes, Brokers, and Bureaucrats, Oil and the State in Saudi Arabia In Princes, Brokers, and Bureaucrats, the most thorough treatment of the political economy of Saudi Arabia to date, Steffen Hertog uncovers an untold history of how the elite rivalries and whims of half a century ago have shaped today's Saudi state and are reflected in its policies. Starting in the late 1990s, Saudi Arabia embarked on an ambitious reform campaign to remedy its long-term economic stagnation. The results have been puzzling for both area specialists and political economists: Saudi institutions have not failed across the board, as theorists of the "rentier state" would predict, nor have they achieved the all-encompassing modernization the regime has touted.
Dr Steffen Hertog Dr Steffen Hertog Amico, Alissa and Hertog, Steffen (2013) State-owned enterprises in the Middle East and North Africa: engines of development and competitiveness? OECD, (corp. ed.) OECD, Paris, France. ISBN 9789264202962 Hertog, Steffen (2013) Introduction: the role of MENA business in policy-making and political transitions In: Hertog, Steffen and Luciani, Giacomo and Valeri, Marc, (eds.) Business Politics in the Middle East.
Inside the Kingdom
Jihad in Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia, homeland of Osama bin Laden and many 9/11 hijackers, is widely considered to be the heartland of radical Islamism. For decades, the conservative and oil-rich kingdom contributed recruits, ideologues and money to jihadi groups worldwide. Yet Islamism within Saudi Arabia itself remains poorly understood. Jihad in Saudi Arabia
Former Associate, Initiative on Religion in International Affairs/International Security Program, 2009–2010; Former Research Fellow, Initiative on Religion in International Affairs/International Security Program, 2008–2009 Experience Former Associate, Initiative on Religion in International Affairs/International Security Program, 2009–2010; Former Research Fellow, Initiative on Religion in International Affairs/International Security Program, 2008–2009 Thomas Hegghammer Thomas Hegghammer
"America's Kingdom comes as a pleasant surprise... a scholarly and readable book on the interaction between Saudi society and Aramco, the US oil giant that had its beginnings when the Saudi government granted its first concessions to Standard Oil of California in 1933. Combining history with political anthropology, Vitalis sheds a bright light on the origins and less savory aspects of the Saudi-US relationship."—London Review of Books America's Kingdom: Mythmaking on the Saudi Oil Frontier - Robert Vitalis America's Kingdom: Mythmaking on the Saudi Oil Frontier - Robert Vitalis
The Nature of Oil: Reconsidering American Power in the Middle East Timothy Mitchell, Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil. New York: Verso, 2011. Toby Craig Jones, Desert Kingdom: How Oil and Water Forged Modern Saudi Arabia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2010.
University of Pennsylvania Political Science Department - Vitalis, Robert
Amidst the roil of war and instability across the Middle East, the West is still searching for ways to understand the Islamic world. Stéphane Lacroix has now given us a penetrating look at the political dynamics of Saudi Arabia, one of the most opaque of Muslim countries and the place that gave birth to Osama bin Laden. The result is a history that has never been told before. Awakening Islam - Stéphane Lacroix
Awakening Islam review Salman al-Awdah: In the shadow of revolutions The Middle East in London Magazine April-May 2013 Madawi Al-Rasheed charts how religious scholars in Saudi Arabia reacted and adapted to the Arab uprisings There is nothing that prompts us to encourage revolution as it is enshrined in danger... .It just comes when profound reform has stumbled. Salman al-Awdah, Islamist Like all of us watching the Arab world in the last two years, Saudi Islamists (I refer throughout to the Salafi Islamists) were taken by surprise when the Arab masses marched en masse calling for the downfall of their regimes. Official Saudi religious scholars immediately warned against the chaos of revolutions, banned demonstrations, and called for respect and obedience to rulers.
Stephane Lacroix téphane Lacroix is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Sciences Po. In 2008-2009, he was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University. His work focuses on Islam and politics in the contemporary Middle East, with a particular interest in the Gulf region. He has published articles in some of the major academic journals in the field of Middle East studies, including the International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies and the Middle East Journal.
debating the 'Rentier state'