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Divine politics reconsidered: Saudi Islamists on peaceful revolution

Al-Rasheed, Madawi (2015) Divine politics reconsidered: Saudi Islamists on peaceful revolution. LSE Middle East Centre paper series (7). Middle East Centre, LSE, London, UK.

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Focusing on mutations of Saudi Islamism during the Arab uprisings, this paper examines the responses of Salman al-Awdah, one of the most influential Saudi Islamist scholars. As he reflects on peaceful revolution in the Arab world, al-Awdah combines his Salafi heritage with insights from western thought, thus producing a hybrid discourse that engages with the inevitability of political change. I argue that al-Awdah goes beyond the two now well-known Islamist strategies, namely jihadi militant struggle and Salafi acquiescent positions, that dominated debate in Saudi Arabia for several decades. His treatise on peaceful revolution offers a ‘third way’ between these two binary opposites. I assess whether a new Islamism that values peaceful action and mobilisation in the pursuit of political change has already reached maturity in Saudi Arabia.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2015 The Author
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2015 15:27
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:06

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