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Awakening Islam: The Politics of Religious Dissent in Contemporary Saudi Arabia

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Amidst the roil of war and instability across the Middle East, the West is still searching for ways to understand the Islamic world. Stéphane Lacroix has now given us a penetrating look at the political dynamics of Saudi Arabia, one of the most opaque of Muslim countries and the place that gave birth to Osama bin Laden.

The result is a history that has never been told before. Lacroix shows how thousands of Islamist militants from Egypt, Syria, and other Middle Eastern countries, starting in the 1950s, escaped persecution and found refuge in Saudi Arabia, where they were integrated into the core of key state institutions and society. The transformative result was the Sahwa, or "Islamic Awakening," an indigenous social movement that blended political activism with local religious ideas. Awakening Islam offers a pioneering analysis of how the movement became an essential element of Saudi society, and why, in the late 1980s, it turned against the very state that had nurtured it. Though the "Sahwa Insurrection" failed, it has bequeathed the world two very different, and very determined, heirs: the Islamo-liberals, who seek an Islamic constitutional monarchy through peaceful activism, and the neo-jihadis, supporters of bin Laden's violent campaign.

Awakening Islam is built upon seldom-seen documents in Arabic, numerous travels through the country, and interviews with an unprecedented number of Saudi Islamists across the ranks of today's movement. The result affords unique insight into a closed culture and its potent brand of Islam, which has been exported across the world and which remains dangerously misunderstood.

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With unprecedented access to a closed culture, Lacroix offers an account of Islamism in Saudi Arabia. Tracing the last half-century of the Sahwa, or "Islamic Awakening," he explains the brand of Islam that gave birth to Osama bin Laden--one that has been exported, and dangerously misunderstood, around the world.

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A Foreign Policy blog Best Book on the Middle East, 2011

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Bronze Prize, 2011 Washington Institute Book Prize, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

About the Author

Stéphane Lacroix is Assistant Professor of Political Science, Sciences Po, Paris.

Sciences Po, Paris

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674049642
Author:
Lacroix, Stephane
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
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Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Islam - Sunni
Subject:
HISTORY / Middle East/General
Subject:
History, Modern -- 20th century.
Subject:
Social Science-Islamic Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20110415
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 map
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Islamic Studies
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » Middle East
Religion » Islam » Sunni
Religion » Western Religions » Social and Political Issues

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"Synopsis" by , With unprecedented access to a closed culture, Lacroix offers an account of Islamism in Saudi Arabia. Tracing the last half-century of the Sahwa, or "Islamic Awakening," he explains the brand of Islam that gave birth to Osama bin Laden--one that has been exported, and dangerously misunderstood, around the world.
"Synopsis" by , A Foreign Policy blog Best Book on the Middle East, 2011
"Synopsis" by , Bronze Prize, 2011 Washington Institute Book Prize, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
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