Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745332697 Published October 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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The Islamic Utopia: The Illusion of Reform in Saudi Arabia

Andrew Hammond

The Islamic Utopia: The Illusion of Reform in Saudi Arabia

Andrew Hammond

Distributed for Pluto Press

336 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745332697 Published October 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780745332703 Published October 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Will Saudi Arabia join the democratic wave in the Middle East? The uprisings and revolutions of 2011 do not, yet, seem to have affected the stability of the House of Saud, which remains secretive, highly repressive and propped up by the West.

The Islamic Utopia uses a range of sources including first-hand reporting and recently released WikiLeaks documents to examine Saudi Arabia in the decade after the 9/11 attacks, when King Abdullah’s 'reform' agenda took centre stage in public debate. It considers Saudi claims of 'exemption' from the democratic demands of the Arab Spring.

Andrew Hammond argues that for too long Western media and governments have accepted Saudi leaders' claims to be a buttress against jihadist Islam and that a new policy is needed towards the House of Saud.

Contents

Introduction
1: The Religious Society
2: Government in the Sharia state
3: The Warrior King and His Priests
4: Segregated nation
5: The Illusion of Reform
6: Foreign Policy Adventurism: Iran and Palestine
7: The Saudi Cordon Sanitaire in Arab Media
8: Controlling Mecca: In the House of God
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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