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Daryl Champion, a specialist in Saudi Arabian affairs, offers a view of the kingdom that is usually inaccessible to Westerners. To the non-Saudi, the kingdom appears calm and stable, certainly by the standards of the Middle East. But, as Champion shows, opposition movements in the kingdom have both a history and a social context, and challenge the House of Saud. The devastating 1996 Khobar bombing and the emergence of the Saudi exile, Osama bin Laden, testify to a volatile underground of discontent.
Moreover, since the crash in oil prices of 1986, unstable petroleum markets have wreaked havoc on Saudi finances. Pressure is building for restructuring, but the reforms required by the global economy often conflict with the vested interests of the kingdom´s elites and with the demands of the domestic population, which has deep religio-cultural roots and proud traditions. The Paradoxical Kingdom shows how religion, tradition, society, economics, politics, and the state interact with each other in Saudi Arabia as the nation lurches into the twenty-first century. The book shows how wealth has been squandered, examines the Arabian equivalent of Asia´s infamous 'crony capitalism,´ and considers the durability of the Al Saud dynasty.
— Arnold Beichman
Champion offers an excellent review of Saudi history... Highly recommended [for] graduate, faculty, and professional collections.
— Brooks Wrampelmeier
— David E. Long
— Alejandra Galindo Marines
— Peter C. Valenti
|Note on Arabic Transliteration and Concepts|
|Map of Saudi Arabia|
|Ch. 2||The Founding of Modern Saudi Arabia: State and Society||20|
|Ch. 3||The Oil Boom and Modernisation: the Rise of asabiyya Capitalism and Social Stress||76|
|Ch. 4||The Restructuring of an Oil State: the Challenges of Economic Reform and Socio-economic Change in the Era of Globalisation||141|
|Ch. 5||Instability within Stability: Domestic Political Opposition and Regime Responses||216|
|App.: Sources and further reading||317|