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The Saudi Enigma: A History

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Despite speculation about Saudi interests and loyalties that have been directed at the country since 9/11, Arabia remains the key US ally in the Arab Middle East. Ménoret debunks the facile notions about Saudi society, and focuses our attention on present political and economic realities that cannot be reduced to essentialist "tribalist" ideas. Ménoret illustrates the emer ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Zed Books (first published 2005)
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Abdulaziz Alraddadi
Jul 12, 2012 Abdulaziz Alraddadi rated it liked it

well, the book talks about a historical background of Saudi and how that effects the political, social and economic structure. it claims to give a comprehensive explanation on the Saudi current situation. the most interesting part that the author always blame those analysts who determine the whole Saudi issues in a religious point of view(extremism, intolerance etc.) instead of studying the social context, tribal concepts. anyway, I don't think he decipher this enigma but it's a good try :) .. I
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May 08, 2015 Alanoud (Anna) rated it really liked it
I've skimmed through this book for my IR750 thesis selection class.
I needed a good material for my literature review on Saudi Arabian Narrative. I was stuck to only find many books by Madawi AlRasheed who seem to focus on one aspect of the saudi national identity only. (my hypothesis is that the Saudi national identity accounts for the religious, political, social and economical transformation/change under the ruling of AlSaud)
This provided excellent and objective data for my project. I really w
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