background preloader

Saudi Arabia: Reading / Resources

Facebook Twitter

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 This paper traces and assesses al-Qa'ida''s efforts to launch an insurgency in Saudi Arabia from the mid-1990s until today.

The Failure of Jihad in Saudi Arabia

From Arab Nationalism to OPEC. A History of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is a wealthy and powerful country which exerts influence in the West and across the Islamic world.

A History of Saudi Arabia

Yet it remains a closed society. The author traces its history from the age of emirates in the nineteenth century to the present day. Fusing chronology with analysis, personal experience with oral histories, she illuminates the social and cultural life of the Saudis. This rich and rewarding book will be invaluable to students as well as others trying to understand the enigma of Saudi Arabia. "An accessible narrative that even those readers already familiar with the outlines of Saudi history can read with profit. " "The book...is written in a style that quite simply makes for a 'good read.' "Al-Rasheed's book is concise, timely, and well suited for a broad readership...Skillfully written and insightful.

" "Madawi Al-Rasheed's critical reinterpretation of Saudi Arabian history is not only timely, it is provocative. 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.

Professor Madawi Al Rasheed

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. Posted by Main at 02:24 AM.

Contesting the Saudi State. The History of Saudi Arabia - Vassiliev. 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.

Desert Kingdom - Toby Craig Jones

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. Toby C. Jones. 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.

Princes, Brokers, and Bureaucrats, Oil and the State in Saudi Arabia

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. Instead, the kingdom has witnessed a bewildering mélange of thorough failures and surprising successes. Hertog argues that it is traits peculiar to the Saudi state that make sense of its uneven capacities. Oil rents since World War II have shaped Saudi state institutions in ways that are far from uniform. Dr Steffen Hertog. 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.

Jihad in Saudi Arabia

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. Why has Saudi Arabia produced so many militants? Has the Saudi government supported violent groups? How strong is al-Qaida's foothold in the kingdom and does it threaten the regime?

“A rare combination of sympathetic nuance and critical rigour…[A] useful corrective to common misreadings of the kingdom and deserve a wide audience…Mr. 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 Experience.

Thomas Hegghammer

America's Kingdom: Mythmaking on the Saudi Oil Frontier - Robert Vitalis. "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.

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.

The Nature of Oil: Reconsidering American Power in the Middle East

New York: Verso, 2011. Toby Craig Jones, Desert Kingdom: How Oil and Water Forged Modern Saudi Arabia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2010. Robert Vitalis, American Kingdom: Mythmaking on the Saudi Oil Frontier. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2006. For most of those who consider themselves politically liberal, oil—along with environmental degradation and foreign occupation—form a kind of political axis of evil on the American political landscape. University of Pennsylvania Political Science Department - Vitalis, Robert. 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.

Awakening Islam review

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.

Posted by Main at 02:24 AM. Source: Saudi Arabia is neither an island of tranquility in a turbulent Arab sea nor a country on the verge of revolution. Posted by Main at 02:16 AM. Posted by Main at 08:55 AM. Source: Posted by Main at 08:48 AM. 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.

His PhD dissertation was on Islamism in Saudi Arabia, and was transformed into a book, " ", which came out at the Presses Universitaires de France in February 2010; for a review in Le Monde . An English translation by Harvard University Press will be available late 2010. For a full c.v. with publications. Debating the 'Rentier state'