The Saudi Enigma: A History
Despite speculation about Saudi interests and loyalties that have been directed at the country since 9/11, Arabia remains the key US ally in the Arab Middle East. Ménoret debunks the facile notions about Saudi society, and focuses our attention on present political and economic realities that cannot be reduced to essentialist "tribalist" ideas. Ménoret illustrates the emerging autonomous--and Islamic--manifestations of Saudi national identity, fiercely reformist rather than medieval, complex and varied rather than merely a justification or support for the rule of the al-Saud royal family. Underlying this account is a sophisticated economic history of the Saudi state, from the eighteenth century to the present day, which details all the alliances and manoeuvres that have brought the country and its rulers to their current precarious position.
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The author is a personal friend of mine. He spent one year in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia mingling with the locals to get a direct feel of the Saudi society. Through his friendships he discovered a society ... Read full review
Osama bin Laden and Saudi Arabia
The island of the Arabs
Contempt for history
An unattainable national identity?
Modernity and tradition
The Najd revolution
Genesis and structure of the modern state 19021973
From Ottoman domination to the British demiurge
The invention of tradition
The nagging question of womens status
The veil and Islam
The Gulf War generation
A shipwrecked youth
What reform of education?