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Religion and Politics in Saudi Arabia: Wahhabism and the State

Mohammed Ayoob and Hasan Kosebalaban, editors
Religion and Politics in Saudi Arabia: Wahhabism and the State
ISBN: 978-1-58826-637-8
$55.00
ISBN: 978-1-58826-997-3
$55.00
2008/189 pages/LC: 2008025410
"A must read for anyone interested in how religion has shaped Saudi politics over time."—Daniel E. Spector, Review of Middle East Studies

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Choice Outstanding Academic Book!

What is Wahhabism? What is its relationship with the Saudi state? Does it play a part in Islamist terrorist threats? These are among the complex questions tackled in Religion and Politics in Saudi Arabia. Moving from the historical, social, and political contexts in which Wahhabism originated and flourished to its current internal divisions and its impact on Saudi-US relations, the authors offer thought-provoking, cutting-edge research that helps to unravel the mystery that has long surrounded the subject.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mohammed Ayoob is University Distinguished Professor of international relations and coordinator of the Muslim studies program at Michigan State University. Hasan Kosebalaban is assistant professor of politics at Lake Forest College.

CONTENTS

  • Introduction: Unraveling the Myths—the Editors.
  • WAHHABISM: RELIGIOUS MOVEMENT AND POLITICAL IDEOLOGY.
  • Wahhabism and the Question of Religious Tolerance—N.J. DeLong-Bas.
  • Wahhabism as an Ideology of State Formation—K.S. Al-Dakhil.
  • Contestation and Authority in Wahhabi Polemics—D. Commins.
  • WAHHABISM AND THE SAUDI STATE.
  • Wahhabi Origins of the Contemporary Saudi State—J.S. Habib.
  • The Annexation of the Hijaz—W. Ochsenwald.
  • State Power, Religious Privilege, and the Myths About Political Reform—G. Okruhlik.
  • Religious Revivalism and Its Challenge to the Saudi Regime—T.C. Jones.
  • SAUDI-US RELATIONS.
  • A Most Improbable Alliance: Placing Interests over Ideology—T.W. Lippman.
  • Official Wahhabism and the Sanctioning of Saudi-US Relations—F.G. Gause III.
  • CONCLUSION.
  • The Impact of the Wahhabi Tradition—J.O. Voll.