Contesting the Saudi State: Islamic Voices from a New Generation

By: Madawi al-Rasheed

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The terms Wahhabi or Salafi are seen as interchangeable and frequently misunderstood by outsiders. However, as Madawi al-Rasheed explains in a fascinating exploration of Saudi Arabia in the twenty-first century, even Saudis do not agree on their meaning. Under the influence of mass education, printing, new communication technology, and global media, they are forming their own conclusions and debating religion and politics in traditional and novel venues, often violating official taboos and the conservative values of the Saudi society. Drawing on classical religious sources, contemporary readings and interviews, Al-Rasheed presents an ethnography of consent and contest, exploring the fluidity of the boundaries between the religious and political. Bridging the gap between text and context, the author also examines how states and citizens manipulate religious discourse for purely political ends, and how this manipulation generates unpredictable reactions whose control escapes those who initiated them. • A groundbreaking analysis of religious and political debate in Saudi Arabia after 9/11 • Explains the rise of a radical Islamist movement in Saudi Arabia • Considers Bin Laden’s legacy and Saudi attitudes towards its ‘favourite son’ Contents Glossary; Maps; Introduction; 1. Consenting subjects: official Wahhabi religio-political discourse; 2. Re-enchanting politics: Sahwis from contestation to co-optation; 3. Struggling for the way of God abroad: from localism to transnationalism; 4. Struggling for the way of God at home: the politics and poetics of jihad; 5. Debating Salafis: Lewis Atiyat Allah and the jihad obligation; 6. Searching for the unmediated word of God; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index. Printed Pages: 332 with 1 map.

Title: Contesting the Saudi State: Islamic Voices from a New Generation

Author Name: Madawi al-Rasheed

Categories: Islam, Religion,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Cambridge University Press: 2006

ISBN: 0521858364

ISBN 13: 9780521858366

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Brand New

Jacket Condition: Brand New

Size: 228 x 152 Mm

Seller ID: 028068

Keywords: Islam Saudi Arabia