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المملكة من الداخل: تاريخ السعودية الحديث: الملوك، المؤسسة الدينية، الليبرالين والمتطرفون

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يسرد مؤلف الكتاب روبرت ليسي هذه الأحداث الدراماتيكية والمثيرة للجدل عن طريق السعوديين أنفسهم، مقدماً صورة مجتمع يحاول أن يتبنّى أفكاراً كان يرفضها سابقاً: التسامح الديني، حقوق الإنسان، المسؤولية السياسية –ليست الديموقراطية بعد–، والأكثر تحدياً حقوق المرأة. لكي نفهم عالم القرن الحادي والعشرين الذي نعيشه فإنه ينبغي علينا أن نفهم السعودية. يمثّل هذا الكتاب أفضل تصوير وأدقّه ل ...more
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Published January 2011 by مركز المسبار للدراسات والبحوث (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Barbara
Recommended to Sue by: MENA group
Well, what an excellent book and so important at this time in history. While the major focus of Inside the Kingdom is the history of Saudia Arabia and it's interactions with the world from the mid 1970s forward, history of the founding of the house of Saud is provided. This was enough for an uninformed reader such as this one to follow the rest of the story. I would suggest that readers not worry if they lose track of names while reading this book...I can almost promise that it will happen to mo ...more
Ahmed Daabel
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lacey starts this book with "Angry Face," Juhayman, and his followers, including the expected "Mahdi," who seized the mosque in Mecca (Makkah) in 1979. (This event is also covered well by Trofimov, in The Siege of Mecca: The 1979 Uprising at Islam's Holiest Shrine). The author selected a wonderfully appropriate epigraph for this section, from Dostoevsky: "Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer. Nothing is more difficult than to understand him." Lacey did a commendable job in explaining ...more
Glen Engel-Cox
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazon, ibooks
My wife and I are about to begin an assignment in Saudi Arabia that will have us living there for months or possibly years, thus my need to quickly increase my knowledge about the Kingdom and its culture. This book by Robert Lacey is actually a follow-up to a much larger volume titled simply, The Kingdom, that Lacey first published in 1981. This, basicaly, is a sequel, but one written with the purpose of understanding the events that occurred after 1981 related to Saudi Arabia, specifically the ...more
I have tried to write this review three times, but lost multiple versions due to internet crashes. I hope it is coherent.

Inside the Kingdom: Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia by Robert Lacey, is an interesting look at the competing forces of economic progression and the religious/traditional Saudi society. The book begins by analyzing the first terrorist attack in Saudi Arabian history, the Great Mosque Siege of 1979 in Mecca. Religious zealots closely related to
Betule Sairafi
Do I want to read some white guy making fun of my country? Hell, yeah! Clearly, this book is illegal. I almost feel the need to hide my review in spoiler tags just to add a hardly substantial layer between me and the black GMC. Hey, is that actually a spoiler? Eight years later and everything is still illegal.

Probably a little too long for the casual (non-Saudi) reader to enjoy, this is the political history of Saudi Arabia. But the chapters are nice and small and the style is, in my opinion, fu
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-east
A little dated - it went to print in 2009 - but Robert Lacey's sequel to The Kingdom is an excellent introduction to how and why things work (or don't) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The founding of the kingdom was very much the work of one man, Abdul Aziz ibn Saud, and it is still his sons that sit on the throne, and his clan that basically run things in this most wealthy and god-fearing nation. There's no pretense about democracy, and since the kingdom is still by definition a theocracy, run ...more
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting examination of modern-day Saudi Arabia since the late 1970's. The author doesn't tiptoe around criticisms of the Saudi government and Saudi character - but in the end it feels like a fair portrait, highlighting the good and the bad.
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A light and entertaining book on the last thirty years of the Saudi Arabia. The book is written by British journalist, so it is not as thorough or deep as the ones written by academic historian. Here you can find interesting information mostly on the life of major players in the history of the country: royal family , clergy and that other major export of the Kingdom apart from oil : terrorists. I would love to read more on the life of ordinary people, but understand that it might be impossible f ...more
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
If You've Never Travelled KSA, This Book Is Your Ticket,
The Book Takes You Back In Time To Post 9/11.
Tho Not Everything In The Book I Agree With, It's Still A Good Book To Study.
Daniel Landsman
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I had read this book when it first came out. At the time I had assumed it would be a dry read, as I always forget how a good author can make a non-fiction book into a page-turner!

Inside the Kingdom was, for me, as exciting and interesting as was the Looming Tower. The book tries to cover Saudi Arabia's history, but mostly focuses on the times that the author knows best, from 1979 on. This is fine, however, as the the tale of Juhayman's seige of Mecca I have always found to be intriguing a
Oct 31, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is essentially an account of important political or social events in Saudi Arabia from 1978 to the present. I felt a bit lost the entire first half of the book. I know nothing about Saudi Arabia other than from my general knowledge of current events and basic history. So, it's possible that Lacey's first book on the kingdom is required reading prior to picking up this one, given my background. The second half of the book read more smoothly and made more sense, perhaps because it was intertw ...more
The last book I read about Saudi Arabia was so over the top it was laughable. I liked this book because it seemed quite fair. It didn't always show Saudi Arabia in a bad light. And was very good at explaining the reasoning behind why they do a lot of stuff. The author wasn't afraid to discuss controversial issues such as the young girls forced back into a burning school because they weren't completely covered by the religious clothing they needed to be. The author also discussed Bin laden, Iraq, ...more
Abdulaziz Alseja
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book promises an insightful look into the currents that shaped Saudi culture and social norms, in addition to, the events that led to the "current Saudi Arabia" that we live in today. To a Saudi, such as myself, it does not offer much. But to anybody interested in Saudi history, this book offers a vivid recall of the major "forks in the road" that have determined Saudi's standing as it is today from the eyes of someone who has been part of that crucial period.
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I'm not a big fan of politics and history, but this book was different. I guess because It told me about stories and names I usually hear about but know nothing about. I like the details, pictures, and objectivity. An eye-opener, really. Worth reading!
Jan 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I really enjoyed this book and the historical background it presented, the orientalist undertones were a major drawback.
Dec 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I heard about this book, I thought that since Saudi Arabia was in the eye of the storm since 9.11 and almost everybody was talking about this country that what would push Mr. Lacey to hand his beer.. And indulge in writing a new book about a country which he knew much better than a lot of people who on the screen all the time, and he had something to tell us.. Actually I was PARTLY right, so in some terms you can consider this book a sequel to: THE KINGDOM:ARABIA AND THE HOUSE OF Sa'ud, but ...more
Sami Eerola
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
Great book about the modern history of the state of Saudi-Arabia. The writer narrates the history by mixing Western outsider and Saudi insider perspectives, making the reader understand and even sympathise with the Saudi's, even when the absolute barbaric aspects of their culture are openly showed.

The book's greatest achievement is showing the different people and Islamic interpretations existing inside the kingdom, bringing forefront that the country is not made just of fundamentalist barbarian
Giulia Cavallari
Extremely informative work of nonfiction. I was skeptical at the beginning that it would be western - point of view focused, but it isn't. I recommend this read to everyone that lives in the region and wants to know more about the dynamics of Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first half of this book is the best overview that I’ve been able to find of modern Saudi Arabia - charting how it’s society and the Saud/cleric balance of power shifted before and following the Grand Mosque attack. From the late 1990s onwards, the book becomes less clear - both because it inevitably focuses on 9/11 and US/Saudi relations (to a level that other writers have more insight into), and because the last ten years and the rise of Mohammed bin Salman have largely rendered previous th ...more
Jessica Harn
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most shocking and groundbreaking books on the Al Saud family. You will not look at Saudi Arabia the same after reading this
Oct 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good information about a Country which we in the U.S. rarely have read about or studied. One one hand, it's a major trading partner of our Country, keeping us provided with needed oil. Yet it's also one of the most conservative countries which promotes an extremely conservative version of Islam throughout the Muslim world. It also gave me some insight as to possibly why the majority of the 9/11 terrorists were Saudi. So here's a Country which supplied the majority of the 9/11 terrorists, and yet ...more
Mar 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
With my parents living in Saudi Arabia, I was interested in finding a book that would shed some light on the country, its culture, and why it is the way it is. While this book did help answer those questions for me, it didn't really answer the questions it set out to address. In the forward, the author states that his purpose in writing is to examine the blend of tradition, modernity, and wealth that produced the religious fanaticism responsible for 9/11. Instead, the book is a collection of sto ...more
Erik Graff
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: US & Saudi citizens
Recommended to Erik by: Tom Miley
Shelves: history
Published in 2009, Inside the Kingom updates author Lacey's previous book The Kingdom. Previously I'd only read one whole book about Saudi Arabia, an older one penned by a woman who had lived there as the undercover correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor. Her concerns focused on the place of Saudi women and was much less sanguine than this generally sympathetic study. "Sympathetic" I say in the sense that it gives hope that liberalizing elements of the Sunni upper classes will ultimatel ...more
A good understanding of the Salafis should begin with a solid understanding of Saudi history and the opposing forces that are curently holding the Kingdom together. Tribal warfare, patroncy of the clerical class and the pressures of rival schools of thoughts come together in an inalienable context upon which Saudi Arabia has been exporting its puritan brand of Islam onto the world, sometimes with dire consequences.

Robert Lacey has captured these details rather luridly in Inside the Kingdom and m
David Baker
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was fascinating, given that I read it prior to and during my first trip to Saudi Arabia. "It's like Game of Thrones," a Saudi friend said, and it's true. This book goes into detail about the House of Saud's deal with the clerics following the great mosque siege, and how it shaped culture for a generation. It also chronicles the country's attempts to modernize. A big part of that attempt is the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, which was under construction when the book was ...more
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It covers a lot of ground. It tries to explain the unique nature of Saudi government, its' relationship with America, the internal crackdown to keep radicalism in check, woman liberation baby steps and many more. The king seems to be pin that holds a lot together. One unexpected thing was that, author suggests the government become more conservative to keep radicals in check and that led to more radicalism.
Bill Bennett
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: World events/politics followers
I'll give this book a 3.75. It was very readable and the interplay between the secular and religious sectors of society was intriguing. For me, however, the narrative lost a bit of steam over the last 50 or 60 pages. A tale of a country and its people being dragged into the 21st century kicking and screaming. Give it a try if your interested in the middle east.
Mar 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the few objective books about the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, I highly recommend it.
Mar 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting and informative, but obviously from an outsider's perspective.
Doreen Petersen
Interesting history of Saudi Arabia.
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Robert Lacey is a British historian noted for his original research, which gets him close to - and often living alongside - his subjects. He is the author of numerous international bestsellers.

After writing his first works of historical biography, Robert, Earl of Essex and Sir Walter Ralegh, Robert wrote Majesty, his pioneering biography of Queen Elizabeth II. Published in 1977, Majesty remains

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