Saudi Arabia in Transition

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Bernard Haykel, Thomas Hegghammer, Stéphane Lacroix
Cambridge University Press, Jan 19, 2015 - 351 pages
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Making sense of Saudi Arabia is crucially important today. The kingdom's western province contains the heart of Islam, its two holiest mosques in Mecca and Medina, and it is the United States' closest Arab ally and the largest producer of oil in the world. However, the country is undergoing rapid change: its aged leadership is ceding power to a new generation, and its society, which is dominated by young people, is restive. Saudi Arabia has long remained closed to foreign scholars, with a select few academics allowed into the kingdom over the past decade. This book presents the fruits of their research as well as those of the most prominent Saudi academics in the field. The fifteen chapters in this volume focus on different sectors of Saudi society and examine how the changes of the past few decades have affected each. Many of the authors have conducted archival and fieldwork research in Saudi Arabia, benefitting from the recent opening of the country to foreign researchers. As such, the volume reflects new insights and provides the most up-to-date research on the country's social, cultural, economic and political dynamics.
 

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Contents

Oil and Political Mobilization in Saudi Arabia
13
Technopolitics and Power
31
From Price Taker to Price Maker? Saudi Arabia and
71
National Cohesion and the Political Economy of Regions
97
From Tribal
125
From Wahhabi to Salafi
151
The Shaykhs of JihadiSalafism
181
Classical and Global Jihadism in Saudi Arabia
207
A Poets Lament on the End of
231
Genealogical Politics in Saudi Arabia
263
Women in Saudi Arabia
292
A Study
314
Afterword
332
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Bernard Haykel is a Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, where he teaches and researches the history and politics of Islam and the Arabian Peninsula. He has published Revival and Reform in Islam (2003) and various articles on Islamic law, Salafism and al-Qaeda, among other subjects. Professor Haykel currently directs Princeton's Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East as well as its Oil, Energy and the Middle East Project. He has received numerous prizes, including a Carnegie Corporation Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He appears frequently in print and broadcast media, including PBS, Al-Jazeera, BBC, NPR, and The New York Times.

Thomas Hegghammer is a senior research fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment in Oslo. He has held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and at Harvard, Princeton, New York and Stanford universities. His book Jihad in Saudi Arabia (2010) won the silver medal of the Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council of Foreign Relations. He also co-authored Al-Qaida in its Own Words (2008) and The Meccan Rebellion (2011). His many articles, reports and op-eds have appeared in journals and newspapers such as the American Political Science Review, International Security, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, the Times Literary Supplement and The New York Times.

St phane Lacroix is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Sciences Po, Paris and a research fellow at the Centre d' tudes et de Recherches Internationales. Since 2010, he has also been an associate researcher at the Centre d' tudes et de Documentation Economiques, Juridiques et Sociales, in Cairo. He is the author of Awakening Islam: The Politics of Religious Dissent in Contemporary Saudi Arabia (2011), named book of the year in 2011 on Foreign Policy's Middle East Channel. He also co-authored Al-Qaida in its Own Words (2008) and The Meccan Rebellion (2011). His articles have appeared in journals such as the Middle East Journal and the International Journal of Middle East Studies.

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