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The Battle for Saudi Arabia: Royalty, Fundamentalism, and Global Power (Open Media Books)

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Saudi Arabia is under attack. Ever since the events of 9/11 brought sudden and unwanted attention to the oil rich kingdom, questions about the ties between the country?s royalty and Islamic fundamentalist groups are being asked with increasing public awareness and outcry. There is a demand to know why the Saudi and US governments have been unwilling to account for suspected Saudi ties to al-Qa?eda amidst vigorous Saudi support, in the name of Wahhabi Islam, for fundamentalist movements such as the Taliban; and to know why Saudi Arabia was conspicuously glossed over in the reports by the 9/11 commision.

Saudi Arabia is also under attack internally: the growing socio-economic disparity within the country has sparked violent unrest among its citizens fueled directly by the fundamentalist ideology officially enforced by the state. Hardly a week passes without news of a gun battle between fundamentalist militants and Saudi security forces. What?s going on? What forces are at work within this closed society?

In his new book, The Battle for Saudi Arabia: Royalty, Fundamentalism, and Global Power, Professor As`ad AbuKhalil confronts the contradictory nature of Saudi Arabia — questions that both the Saudi government, long shrouded in mystery, and the United States government, ever protective of its own interests, seem unwilling to answer.

In this unsparing probe into the history and power structure of the kingdom, Professor AbuKhalil, author of Bin Laden, Islam, and America?s New ?War on Terrorism?, affords the reader unique insight into the intense friction that underlies the increasingly precarious balance between the Saudi royal family and the fundamentalist clerical establishment.

Beginning with the story of the Saudi state and the origins of its fundamentalist Wahhabi doctrine, Professor AbuKhalil reveals a deep scholarly knowledge of the religious, social, economic, and political history of the Arabian Peninsula as he draws an intimate portrait of this paradoxical state, at once one of the United States closest allies and by far the most repressive Islamic regime on the planet.

The role of US interests in keeping the kingdom afloat — even as it buckles more and more under the weight of a disenfranchised populace — emerges at the center of Professor AbuKhalil?s analysis as he examines the kingdom?s strained international relations, its restrictive policies towards women and religious minorities, and the rapid growth of unemployment among its youth against the backdrop of escalating internal violence and growing global uncertainty.

Review:

"Asad Abu Khalil takes aim at friends and foes of the Kingdom alike in Saudi Arabia and the United States. Read and argue with his sharp, often provocative judgments, and, as you do so, appreciate Asad?s attempt to go beyond the easy outrage that colors much of the post-9/11 writing on Saudi society and American foreign policy." Robert Vitalis, Director of the University of Pennsylvania?s Middle East Center and author of the forthcoming America?s Kingdom: Saudi Arabia and the World Oil Frontier, 1945-1970

Review:

"Based on often ignored Saudi sources, this important book reveals much about one of the most important countries in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, and its long and involved relationship with the United States. For anyone who wishes to understand the background of perhaps the most extreme ideology in the Middle East, this book is a must." Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies, Middle East Institute, Columbia University

Synopsis:

Saudi Arabia is an enigma to most Americans. Seen as extremely religious and extremely wealthy, Saudi Arabia is home to both Islam's holiest sites and the world's largest proven oil reserves. A strategic partner to the U.S. in the Middle East, the country is also the homeland of Osama bin Laden and fifteen of the nineteen hijackers who attacked the United States on September 11, 2001. although officially considered a "moderate" Islamic state by the U.S., Saudi Arabi enforces the same stare religious ideology as did the Taliban (who learned their fanaticism from their Saudi sponsors): religious police partrol the streets, and women are not permitted to drive cars, or work in public, and are eligible for public execution if found guilty of adultery. In Saudi Arabia, Arab American scholar As ad AbuKhalil examines Saudi society, its history, religion, and ethnic tribalism, and the shared interests, tensions, and contradictions inherent in U.S.-Saudi relations. The book traces the earliest contacts between the two countries, the rise of the Saudi royal family, and how control over vast reserves of oil solidified the alliance between the two countries. The book follows how Saudi oil wealth not only fueled the spread of a fundamentalist Islamic international (which was supremely useful for U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War.), but also increased Saudi influence and ownership of media in the Middle East and the U.S. "Saudi Arabia offers a critical look at one of the world's most repressive and fundamentalist nations, the nature of its longstanding alliance with the U.S., and the forces that are driving it to announce that U.S. troops may soon be expelled.

Synopsis:

An appraisal of the U.S.-Saudi folie à deux.

Synopsis:

Saudi Arabia is an enigma to most Americans. The country is home to Islam’s holiest sites and the world’s largest proven oil reserves. A strategic partner to the U.S. in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is also the homeland of Osama bin Laden, and -fifteen of the nineteen hijackers who attacked the United States on Septem-ber 11, 2001. Although officially considered a "moderate" Islamic state by the U.S., Saudia Arabia enforces the same state religious ideology as did the Taliban.

In Saudi Arabia & the U.S., Arab American scholar Asad AbuKhalil examines Saudi society, its history, religion, and ethnic tribalism, and the shared interests, tensions, and con-tradictions inherent in U.S.-Saudi relations.

Asad AbuKhalil is the author of Bin Laden, Islam, and America’s New "War on Terrorism."

Synopsis:

In The Battle for Saudi Arabia: Royalty, Fundamentalism, and Global Power , Professor As`ad AbuKhalil confronts the contradictory nature of Saudi Arabia—questions that both the Saudi government, long shrouded in mystery, and the United States government, ever protective of its own interests, seem unwilling to answer.

In this unsparing probe into the history and power structure of the kingdom, Professor AbuKhalil, author of Bin Laden, Islam, and Americas New "War on Terrorism", affords the reader unique insight into the intense friction that underlies the increasingly precarious balance between the Saudi royal family and the fundamentalist clerical establishment.

About the Author

As`ad AbuKhalil is Professor of Political Science at California State University, Stanislaus and adjunct professor at the Center for Middle East studies at the university of California, Berkeley. Author of Bin Laden, Islam, and Americas New "War on Terrorism", Abukhalil is frequently interviewed on national media. He has appeared on CNN, Politically Incorrect, MSNBC, and Pacifica Radio.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781583226100
Author:
Abukhalil, Asad
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Author:
AbuKhalil, As`ad
Author:
As`ad Abu Khalil
Author:
Abukhalil, As'ad
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Saudi arabia
Subject:
Saudi Arabia Foreign relations.
Subject:
United States Foreign relations.
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Open Media Series
Series Volume:
108-143
Publication Date:
August 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
7 x 5 x 0.7 in 7.5 oz

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"Review" by , "Asad Abu Khalil takes aim at friends and foes of the Kingdom alike in Saudi Arabia and the United States. Read and argue with his sharp, often provocative judgments, and, as you do so, appreciate Asad?s attempt to go beyond the easy outrage that colors much of the post-9/11 writing on Saudi society and American foreign policy." Robert Vitalis, Director of the University of Pennsylvania?s Middle East Center and author of the forthcoming America?s Kingdom: Saudi Arabia and the World Oil Frontier, 1945-1970
"Review" by , "Based on often ignored Saudi sources, this important book reveals much about one of the most important countries in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, and its long and involved relationship with the United States. For anyone who wishes to understand the background of perhaps the most extreme ideology in the Middle East, this book is a must."
"Synopsis" by , Saudi Arabia is an enigma to most Americans. Seen as extremely religious and extremely wealthy, Saudi Arabia is home to both Islam's holiest sites and the world's largest proven oil reserves. A strategic partner to the U.S. in the Middle East, the country is also the homeland of Osama bin Laden and fifteen of the nineteen hijackers who attacked the United States on September 11, 2001. although officially considered a "moderate" Islamic state by the U.S., Saudi Arabi enforces the same stare religious ideology as did the Taliban (who learned their fanaticism from their Saudi sponsors): religious police partrol the streets, and women are not permitted to drive cars, or work in public, and are eligible for public execution if found guilty of adultery. In Saudi Arabia, Arab American scholar As ad AbuKhalil examines Saudi society, its history, religion, and ethnic tribalism, and the shared interests, tensions, and contradictions inherent in U.S.-Saudi relations. The book traces the earliest contacts between the two countries, the rise of the Saudi royal family, and how control over vast reserves of oil solidified the alliance between the two countries. The book follows how Saudi oil wealth not only fueled the spread of a fundamentalist Islamic international (which was supremely useful for U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War.), but also increased Saudi influence and ownership of media in the Middle East and the U.S. "Saudi Arabia offers a critical look at one of the world's most repressive and fundamentalist nations, the nature of its longstanding alliance with the U.S., and the forces that are driving it to announce that U.S. troops may soon be expelled.
"Synopsis" by ,
An appraisal of the U.S.-Saudi folie à deux.
"Synopsis" by ,

Saudi Arabia is an enigma to most Americans. The country is home to Islam’s holiest sites and the world’s largest proven oil reserves. A strategic partner to the U.S. in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is also the homeland of Osama bin Laden, and -fifteen of the nineteen hijackers who attacked the United States on Septem-ber 11, 2001. Although officially considered a "moderate" Islamic state by the U.S., Saudia Arabia enforces the same state religious ideology as did the Taliban.

In Saudi Arabia & the U.S., Arab American scholar Asad AbuKhalil examines Saudi society, its history, religion, and ethnic tribalism, and the shared interests, tensions, and con-tradictions inherent in U.S.-Saudi relations.

Asad AbuKhalil is the author of Bin Laden, Islam, and America’s New "War on Terrorism."

"Synopsis" by , In The Battle for Saudi Arabia: Royalty, Fundamentalism, and Global Power , Professor As`ad AbuKhalil confronts the contradictory nature of Saudi Arabia—questions that both the Saudi government, long shrouded in mystery, and the United States government, ever protective of its own interests, seem unwilling to answer.

In this unsparing probe into the history and power structure of the kingdom, Professor AbuKhalil, author of Bin Laden, Islam, and Americas New "War on Terrorism", affords the reader unique insight into the intense friction that underlies the increasingly precarious balance between the Saudi royal family and the fundamentalist clerical establishment.

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