Saudi Arabia and the Politics of Dissent

Saudi Arabia and the Politics of Dissent

by Mamoun Fandy


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Few books on Saudi Arabia deal with primary sources in examining internal Saudi dissent. In contrast, Saudi Arabia and the Politics of Dissent relies on field work and the analysis of more than 100 taped sermons by Saudi Islamic activists, examining their personal backgrounds, their rhetoric, and their strategies. Mamoun Fandy traces the evolution of Islamic opposition in Saudi Arabia, focusing on the Gulf War and its aftermath and scrutinizing the works of Safar al Hawali and Salman al-Auda. He also documents the history of the Shìa Reform Movement and its leader, Sheik Hassan al-Safar, of Mohammed al-Ma&sgrave;ari and his Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights, of Sa'd al-Faqih and the Movement of Islamic Reform in Arabia, and finally the radical Usama bin Laden and his organization. By analyzing the Saudi opposition’s use of modern technologies of communication and discussing the ways in which supposedly fundamentalist thinkers have been influenced by global debates and events, this book contributes significantly to the theoretical debate on domination and resistance in the current age of globalization and postmodernity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312238827
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 03/02/2001
Edition description: 1999
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

Mamoun Fandy is Professor of Politics at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University. He spent two years in Saudi Arabia researching this book.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction
• Context: State-society Relations in Saudi Arabia
Part II: Sunni Opposition Inside
• Sheikh Safar al-Hawali and the Rise of Taped Sermons
• Sheikh Salman al-Auda and the Najdi Resistance
Part III: Sunni Opposition Outside or Cyberresistance in a Global Age
• Mohammed al-Ma&sgrave;ari and the Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights
• Sàad al-Faqih and the Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia
Part IV: Shìa opposition
• Sheikh Hassan al-Safar and the Islamic Reform Movement
Part V: Virtual Saudis?
• The Committee Against Corruption in Saudi Arabia
Part VI: Conclusion

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