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Muted Modernists

The Struggle Over Divine Politics in Saudi Arabia



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Analysis of both official and opposition Saudi divine politics is often monolithic, conjuring images of conservatism, radicalism, misogyny and resistance to democracy. Madawi Al-Rasheed challenges this stereotype as she examines a long tradition of engaging with modernism that gathered momentum with the Arab uprisings and incurred the wrath of both the regime and its Wahhabi supporters. With this nascent modernism, constructions of new divine politics, anchored in a rigorous reinterpretation of foundational Islamic texts and civil society activism are emerging in a context where authoritarian rule prefers its advocates to remain muted. The author challenges scholarly wisdom on Islamism in general and blurs the boundaries between secular and religious politics.

Product code: 9781849045865

ISBN 9781849045865
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H225xW145
No. Of Pages 224
Publisher C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Challenges traditional notions of Saudi conservatism by highlighting the long tradition of engagement with modernism there