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Back Book Title Securitising identity : the case of the Saudi State

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Securitising identity : the case of the Saudi State
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- Ben Rich
- Australia
- Melbourne University Press, Australia
- 9780522871142
- 2018
- 277 pages 21.0 x 13.5 x 1.0
- DU - Oceania (South Seas)
- 255 gms.
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Why has the relationship between the state and the Islamic revivalist movement known commonly as 'Wahhabism' persisted under Saudi rule since 1744? In Securitising Identity Ben Rich traces the symbiosis between these two entities across three distinct periods of Saudi rule over the past four centuries, showcasing the consistent conditions, patterns of behaviour and political logics that surround their interplay. Collectively, these reveal a recurrent tendency in which the state paradoxically offers protections to the preservation of revivalism while generating threats against this same religious identity in order to ensure its hold on power. Such a pattern, he argues, not only transcends all discrete periods of Saudi rule, but also manifests regardless of the conservative or progressive nature of a particular administration. Understanding such a pattern not only helps to explain why Saudi Arabia today remains a source of regional sectarianism, but also how such an idiomatic ideology has endured in the face of high modernity and why the state it is likely to struggle in its ongoing quest to open itself further to a diverse and pluralistic world. Wahhabiyah -- Saudi Arabia -- History. | Islam -- Saudi Arabia -- History -- 21st century. | Islam and state -- Saudi Arabia -- History. | Ideology -- Religious aspects -- Islam. | Saudi Arabia -- Politics and government -- 21st century. | Saudi Arabia -- Social conditions -- 21st century. | Australian

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