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'Madawi al-Rasheed's critical reinterpretation of Saudi Arabian history is not only timely, it is provocative. It is informed by both excellent scholarship and a familiarity with the subject that comes from knowing it from the inside. Both sympathizers with and critics of the country will find their stereotypes of the Saudi reality challenged.' F. Gregory Gause, III, University of Vermont

'Madawi Al-Rasheed's book, just hot from the printing press, is most welcome because it contributes to the fulfilment of the critical need for scholarly works on Saudi Arabia. … This book is eminently readable, well researched and, in important parts, original. Al-Rasheed's points are argued cogently and her interpretation of Saudi history, which challenges conventional wisdom with new perspectives, will keep the reader's mind continually alive.' The Journal of Energy Literature

'… this is a lucid and accessible introduction to, and interpretation of, Saudi Arabia's political history.' International Affairs

'This is a rich and rewarding study which will be invaluable to academic specialists, students, journalists, policy makers, and to all those trying to understand the enigma of Saudi Arabia.' Archiv Orientální

'Madawi Al-Rasheed's History of Saudi Arabia is a refreshingly iconoclastic book … As far as I know, the 'true story' has, not been previously told in quite such critical and well-footnoted detail.' Peter Sluglett, American Historical Review

'… subtle and complex … This is one of the most refreshing, well-researched and clearly-written books to appear on Saudi Arabia in recent times … nowhere have I read a more analytic and innovative treatment of the making of the Saudi state. Librarians, please take note: this book is essential to well-stocked libraries everywhere in the world.' Bulletin for the Royal Institute of Inter-Faith Studies

'Al-Rasheed's book appears at an apposite time when Western interest in Saudi Arabia has never been greater.' Asian Affairs --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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This updated edition analyses the challenges, both internal and external, facing Saudi Arabia in the twenty-first century. Two new chapters discuss the political, economic and social developments in the aftermath of 9/11, painting a vivid picture of a country shocked by terrorism and condemned by the international community. Madawi Al-Rasheed reveals that fragmentation of royal politics, a failing economy and fermenting Islamist dissent posed serious threats to state and society in 2001. She assesses the consequent state reforms introduced under pressure of terrorism, international scrutiny and a social mobilisation of men, women and minorities struggling to shape their future against a background of repression and authoritarian rule. While Saudi Arabia is still far from establishing a fourth state, there are signs that the people are ready for a serious change that will lead them to a state of institutions rather than princes.

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HASH(0x9920e738) étoiles sur 5 Fresh Perspective on Nation/State building 22 juillet 2005
Par Jamesian - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
The Saud family is the monarchy, which is the state, of Saudi Arabia. This book shows how that state of affairs came to be.

I found the material on the 1930s especially illuminating, because it provides us with a picture of the Saud family, and to a degree a picture of Arabia, before the rest of the world came to appreciate the strategic significance of petroleum, and before the Second World War made all national boundaries something up for negotiation and renegotiation.

We're also treated to an illuminating dicussion of when marriages (and by extension polygamy) is, and when it isn't, a valuable tool for the forging of political alliances. This is an analytical take on a subject usually rushed through with cliches.
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HASH(0x9920e78c) étoiles sur 5 Good with a couple of failings 22 août 2012
Par Mark Rush - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Before reading this book, I knew little about the history of Saudi Arabia. After reading it, I know a lot. So the book definitely served its purpose. But there are a few weaknesses that I must mention:

1) The book is definitely written in an academic style. As an academic myself, I can appreciate that. But for a more casual reader, this fact might be somewhat off putting.
2) Perhaps this comment is a continuation of the first, but why must Arabic words be so heavily emphasized? Do so when there is no English word but come on, a phrase such as "... the head of the royal court (diwan), who was appointed as clerk (amin sir)." verges on showing off.
3) The first 7 chapters were written for a 2002 edition; the 2010 edition adds two new chapters. But it seems as if the author did nothing to revise the first chapters. For instance, the old Chapter 6 says about Bin Laden's blame for the 9-11 attacks that "... hard evidence remains at this point very elusive." Probably in 2002 this statement would have been acceptable. But for a book copyrighted in 2010, the statement is ludicrous. When updating to a new edition, checking everything is a good idea.
4) Chapters 7 and 8 show the author looking at very current events (ie, for Chapter 7 current in 2002 and for Chapter 8 current in 2008) and vastly overstating their importance. In particular, not every small London-based group and not every proclamation of the king will be crucially significant. Mentioning these without going into detail is a good idea, at least until the group or proclamation has proven to be important.

While I have mentioned 4 flaws, I still liked the book quite a lot, hence its high rating. If you are looking for a good history of Saudi Arabia from 1900 to 2000, this is a book to consider. It's a little weaker on the period before 1900 and after 2000.
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HASH(0x9920ea68) étoiles sur 5 al-Rasheed's book is a well researched and beautifully written study of the making of modern Saudi society ... 20 juillet 2014
Par Geoff C - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I found this book to be the most informative and concise introduction to modern Saudi Arabia currently available. I lived and worked in the Kingdom in the late 2000s during which time I read most of what had been recently published. Much of what was available was written by western journalists with only a very superficial understanding of culture, politics and economy of KSA and much seemed to be aimed at satisfying the market for sensational anecdotes of their short "bungee jumps" into the region. Ms. al-Rasheed's book is a well researched and beautifully written study of the making of modern Saudi society and its role in the region.
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HASH(0x9920e960) étoiles sur 5 informative book 28 février 2014
Par Sally Rush - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
written as if the reader wAS VERY FAMILIAR WITH GEOGRAPHY AND PREVIOUS HISTORY1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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HASH(0x9920eb4c) étoiles sur 5 Interesting Read 3 avril 2011
Par Cricket - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Learned a bit about real history of how Saudi came to be a Kingdom. Didn't change my opinion of the royal family at all. Pictures were nice addition.
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