The Son King: Reform and Repression in Saudi Arabia

The Son King: Reform and Repression in Saudi Arabia

ISBN: 9781787383791

Author: Madawi Al-Rasheed

Format: Hardback

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In 2018 journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered by Saudi regime operatives shocking the international community and tarnishing the reputation of the kingdom's reformist young crown prince Muhammad bin Salman. In this compelling book Madawi Al-Rasheed examines the prince's Saudi Arabia as a world of reform and repression. She challenges common wisdom that repression is inevitable and dismisses defunct views that 'Oriental despotism' is the only path to genuine reform in the country. Instead Al-Rasheed argues that the current wave of unprecedented repression has resulted from the crown prince's consolidation of his own personal power without the traditional consensus of royal family members and influential groups. Bin Salman's domestic reforms have been divisive and his adoption of populist nationalism together with his repression of diverse critical voices--religious scholars feminists and professionals--have failed to silence a vibrant Saudi society including its articulate and connected youth. Many have left the country to seek freedom equality and dignity in safe havens abroad. While the regime continues to pursue them overseas and punish their families at home determined dissidents persist in their struggle against one of the most repressive monarchies in the Arab world.

Book Title: The Son King: Reform and Repression in Saudi Arabia
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Title Release: January 2021
ISBN: 9781787383791
Author: Madawi Al-Rasheed
Format: Hardback
About the Author: Madawi Al-Rasheed is Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics Middle East Centre and a Fellow of the British Academy. She is the author and editor of several books on Saudi Arabia, most recently 'Salman's Legacy: The Dilemmas of a New Era in Saudi Arabia,' also published by Hurst.

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