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Battle for Saudi Arabia, the: Royalty, Fundamentalism, and Global Powerby As'ad AbuKhalil
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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."
In The Battle for Saudi Arabia: Royalty, Fundamentalism, and Global Power, Professor Asad AbuKhalil confronts the contradictory nature of Saudi Arabia-questions that both the Saudi government, longshrouded 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, ProfessorAbuKhalil, 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 royalfamily and the fundamentalist clerical establishment.
Table of Contents
The paradoxes of Saudi Arabia — What is Saudi Arabia? — Wahhabiyyah — Founding and evolution of state — Saudi globalization of Daẁah after the oil boom — The question of women — Opposition and inhumane [lack] of rights — U.S.-Saudi relations — Conclusion.
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