By Madawi Al-Rasheed

The phrases Wahhabi or Salafi are obvious as interchangeable and often misunderstood via outsiders. in spite of the fact that, as Madawi al-Rasheed explains in a desirable exploration of Saudi Arabia within the twenty-first century, even Saudis don't agree on their that means. lower than the impact of mass schooling, printing, new conversation know-how, and worldwide media, they're forming their very own conclusions and debating faith and politics in conventional and novel venues, frequently violating professional taboos and the conservative values of the Saudi society. Drawing on classical spiritual resources, modern readings and interviews, Al-Rasheed offers an ethnography of consent and contest, exploring the fluidity of the bounds among the spiritual and political. Bridging the distance among textual content and context, the writer additionally examines how states and electorate manage non secular discourse for only political ends, and the way this manipulation generates unpredictable reactions whose regulate escapes those that initiated them.

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