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Lacroix, Stéphane

Awakening Islam Religious Dissent in Contemporary Saudi Arabia (Gebundene Ausgabe)

Harvard University Press, April 2011

373 S. - Sprache: Englisch - Originalsprache: Französisch - 1 map - 217x149x40 mm

ISBN: 0674049640 EAN: 9780674049642

With unprecedented access to a closed culture, Lacroix offers an account of Islamism in Saudi Arabia. Tracing the last half-century of the Sahwa, or "Islamic Awakening," he explains the brand of Islam that gave birth to Osama bin Laden--one that has been exported, and dangerously misunderstood, around the world.

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Based on intimate knowledge of the militants, Lacroix's pioneering analysis of the history and politics of Saudi Islamists is, and will remain, a classic. -- Gilles Kepel, author of Jihad and Beyond Terror and Martyrdom Awakening Islam is the benchmark against which books on the vital intersection between religion and politics in Saudi Arabia will now be measured. It sheds light not only on Saudi Arabia, but on the fluid undercurrents of religious politics in many neighboring countries. -- Dale F. Eickelman, Dartmouth College An extraordinary contribution that reshapes our understanding of Saudi Arabia and of Islamic politics in the Middle East. Lacroix takes us deep inside the evolution of the Sahwa and its competitors in Saudi Arabia, with unprecedented access to participants and a close reading of a vast array of rare sources. -- Marc Lynch, Director, Institute for Middle East Studies, George Washington University The Sahwa movement played a crucial role in shaping politically-oriented religious discourse in Saudi Arabia and beyond. Yet the movement is little understood and its ideas much misinterpreted. Lacroix's dispassionate, far-reaching and well-informed analysis provides an essential resource for the understanding of this critical phenomenon. -- Tim Niblock, University of Exeter

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Stephane Lacroix is Assistant Professor of Political Science, Sciences Po, Paris.


Al-Sahwa Al-Islamiyya or "Islamic Awakening" was one of the most powerful social movements in the history of Saudi Arabia. It is also one of the least documented--until now. Stephane Lacroix tells the story of this movement in his splendid new book...Lacroix's study is timely and original. Serious students of Saudi Arabia need to read this important book. They will be enlightened by it and moved to seek more knowledge about the Kingdom. -- Joseph Richard Preville Saudi Gazette 20110320 A timely work, especially when read against the backdrop of antigovernment demonstrations taking place across the Middle East and North Africa today. -- Christopher McConnell Booklist 20110415 Awakening Islam is a product of serious scholarly interpretive and linguistic skills. -- Madawi Al-Rasheed Times Higher Education 20110421 Looking at the Muslim misfits of the past half-century and how many received refuge in Saudi Arabia, Parisian professor Stephane Lacroix argues that the resulting movement has yielded two opposing camps--the Islamo-liberals and the neo-jihadis, both headquartered out of that Islamic heartland. -- Asma Gull Hasan Publishers Weekly 20110427 Little attention is paid to Saudi Arabia's internal Islamist movements. During the decades before the 1990s, the kingdom actively fostered the Sahwa, or "Islamic awakening," a movement led by local activists that was as political as it was religious. In his meticulously researched book, Stephane Lacroix provides an exhaustive history of the Sahwa, detailing the movement's original constituents--Muslim emigres fleeing persecution from other states in the region--and its importance to the Saudi social and political spheres. For decades, Saudi leaders supported the group's activities, even though their ideas were not entirely in line with state-sanctioned Wahhabism. This ended when Saddam Hussein invaded the country in 1990. The Saudis' reliance on American military assistance expedited the Sahwa's radicalization and ultimately led to its downfall. Among the splinters that remained were a group of neo-Jihadis who turned against the kingdom's rulers and stood behind Osama bin Laden's philosophy of holy war. Lacroix's authoritative history sheds light on how this homegrown movement became influential throughout the region and created some blowback of its own. -- Atossa Abrahamian The Daily 20110501 Awakening Islam is bound to be the definitive account of how the Muslim Brotherhood took root in the kingdom and reshaped its religious landscape. -- David Commins Christian Century 20120125 Awakening Islam is an astonishingly rich, detailed analysis of the fascinating world of Saudi Islamism. The young French scholar Stephane LaCroix spent significant time in Saudi Arabia, and got deep inside the competing networks that have shaped Saudi Arabia's distinctive Islamist milieu. He unpacks the role of Muslim Brothers and Salafis and their sometimes-uneasy relationship with the state. He carefully traces the evolution of the Sahwa (Awakening) networks, and how they both carried political dissent and restructured the pathways of political mobilization. And while he certainly pays attention to militant jihadism and the worldview which helped spawn al-Qaeda, that does not overwhelm his broader analytical mission. This book is simply an extraordinary accomplishment, and should be required reading for anyone interested in the politics of Islam. -- Marc Lynch Foreign Policy 20111226

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