From the Editors
There is nothing that prompts us to encourage revolution as it is enshrined in danger...It just comes when profound reform has stumbled.— Salman al-Awdah Like all of us watching the Arab world in the last two years, Saudi Islamists (I refer throughout to the Salafi Islamists) were taken by surprise when the Arab masses marched en masse calling for the downfall of their regimes. Official Saudi religious scholars immediately warned against the chaos of revolutions, banned ...Keep Reading »
[This is one of seven contributions in Jadaliyya's electronic roundtable on the symbolic and material practices of knowledge production on the Arabian Peninsula. Moderated by Rosie Bsheer and John Warner, it features Toby Jones, Madawi Al-Rasheed, Adam Hanieh, Neha Vora, Nathalie Peutz, John Willis, and Ahmed Kanna.] (1) Historically, what have the dominant analytical approaches to the study of the Arabian Peninsula been? How have the difficulties of carrying out research ...Keep Reading »
New Texts Out Now: Madawi Al-Rasheed, A Most Masculine State: Gender, Politics, and Religion in Saudi Arabia
Madawi Al-Rasheed, A Most Masculine State: Gender, Politics, and Religion in Saudi Arabia. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Madawi Al-Rasheed (MAR): First, the banality of superficial opinions on Saudi women that is so pervasive. In the public sphere, especially in the West, Saudi women are either superstars or victims of their own society and religion. I felt it was time to contribute to this debate ...Keep Reading »
Madawi Al-Rasheed is Professor of Social Anthropology at King’s College, London. Her research focuses on history, society, religion, and politics in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, Middle Eastern Christian minorities, Arab migration, national and global Islamist movements, transnational Gulf connections and state and gender relations in Saudi Arabia. She is a regular commentator on political affairs. Her publications include Politics in an Arabian Oasis (I. B. Tauris, 1991); A History of Saudi Arabia (second edition, Cambridge, 2010); Counter Narratives: History, Contemporary Society and Politics in Saudi Arabia and Yemen (Palgrave, 2004); Transnational Connections and the Arab Gulf (Routledge, 2005); Contesting the Saudi State: Islamic Voices from a New Generation (Cambridge, 2007); Kingdom without Borders: Saudi Political, Religious and Media Frontiers (Hurst, 2008); Dying for Faith: Religiously Motivated Violence in the Contemporary World (I. B. Tauris, 2009); and Demystifying the Caliphate (Hurst, 2012). Her short articles can be found here and here. Her most recent book, A Most Masculine State: Gender, Politics and Religion in Saudi Arabia, will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. She can be followed on Twitter at @MadawiDr.