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Claudia Ghrawi

In the Service of the Whole Community? Civic Engagement in Saudi Arabia (1950s-1960s)

[Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Photo by Dorothy Miller, Saudi Aramco World, SAWDIA. Image used with permission]

Civic engagement in Saudi Arabia has been viewed mostly from the angle of labor, nationalist, or sectarian activism that evolves in phases of political or social tension.[1] In this essay, I examine civic engagement in the 1950s and 1960s through the lens of the city. I argue that the above stated categories are too rigid,[2] and furthermore that civic engagement in the 1950s and 1960s appears as a "practice of the everyday." In the Saudi oil towns of Dammam and ...

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Claudia Ghrawi


Claudia Ghrawi holds a masters degree in history and political sciences from the University of Potsdam. She studied Arabic in Damascus and Berlin. She is a research fellow at the Zentrum Moderner Orient, and a PhD candidate at the Freie University, both in Berlin. Together with Ulrike Freitag, Nelida Fuccaro and Nora Lafi, she edited Urban Violence in the Middle East. Changing Cityscapes in the Transition from Empire to Nation State. (New York, Oxford: Berghahn Publishers, 2015).