Saudi Arabia and the Politics of Dissent
by Mamoun Fandy
This text relies on field work and the analysis of more than 100 taped sermons by Saudi Islamic activists, examining their personal backgrounds, ... Show synopsis This text relies on field work and the analysis of more than 100 taped sermons by Saudi Islamic activists, examining their personal backgrounds, their rhetoric, and their strategies in its examination of internal Saudi dissent. Mamoun Fandy traces the evolution of Islamic opposition in Saudi Arabia, focusing on the Gulf War and its aftermath, and scrutinizing the works of Safar al Hawali and Salman al-Auda. He also documents the history of the Shi'a Reform Movement and its leader, Sheik Hassan al Safar, of Mohammed al Mas'ari and his Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights, of Sa'd al Faqih and the Movement of Islamic Reform in Arabia, and finally the radical Usama bin Laden and his organization. By analyzing the Saudi opposition's use of modern technologies of communication and discussing the ways in which supposedly fundamentalist thinkers have been influenced by global debates and events, this title aims to contribute to the theoretical debate on domination and resistance in the current age of globalization and postm The book is suitable for departments of politics, international relations, Middle East and Islamic studies.