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A history of Saudi Arabia

Al-Rasheed, Madawi (2010) A history of Saudi Arabia. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780521747547

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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. The new edition brings the history of Saudi Arabia up to the present, analysing political and social developments in the aftermath of 9/11 Includes two new chapters, a new preface and updated conclusion, bibliography and glossary This will be invaluable to scholars, students, policy-makers and journalists, trying to follow Saudi history and politics to the twenty first century.

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2010 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2014 15:46
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:56

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