Saturday, December 29, 2007

Recommended Readings

In the News

  1. PBS Frontline: Saudi Time Bomb?
  2. Interview with Prince Talal from Financial Times
  3. Is the Military Bulwark Against Islamism Collapsing? from Middle East Forum
  4. Losing My Jihadism from The Washington Post
  5. The Jihadi Who Kept Asking Why from The New York Times

News Sources

  1. Arab News


  1. 9/11 Five Years Later: Successes and Challenges from the US National Security Council

  1. The 9/11 Report from the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
  2. Human Rights Watch Report from 2001 on Saudi Arabia
  3. Saudi Arabia Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2004 from the US State Department.
  4. International Religious Freedom Report 2005: Saudi Arabia from the US State Department
  5. Report on Women’s Rights in the Middle East and North Africa, Saudi Arabia section from Freedom House

  1. International Religious Freedom Report 2008 on Saudi Arabia from US State Department
  2. Perpetual Minors: Human Rights Abuses Stemming from Male Guardianship and Sex Segregation in Saudi Arabia from Human Rights Watch, April 2008
  3. Universal Periodic Review of Saudi Arabia from Human Rights Watch

  1. Human Rights and Saudi Arabia’s Counterterrorism Response: Religious Counseling, Indefinite Detention, and Flawed Trials from Human Rights Watch, August 2009


  1. America’s Kingdom: Mythmaking on the Saudi Oil Frontier by Robert Vitalis
  2. Saudi Arabia and the United States: Birth of a Security Partnership by Parker T. Hart
  3. Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude by Robert Baer
  4. Florence of Arabia by Christopher Buckley
  5. Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam by Giles Kepel
  6. Middle East Monarchies: The Challenge of Modernity by Joseph Kostiner
  7. Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
  8. Radical Islam’s Rules: The Worldwide Spread of Extreme Shari’a Law by Paul Marshall
  9. Saudi Babylon: Torture, Corruption and Cover-up Inside the House of Saud by Mark Hollingsworth
  10. Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism by Robert Pape
  11. Changed Identities: Challenge of the New Generation in Saudi Arabia by Mai Yamani
  12. Cradle of Islam : The Hijaz and the Quest for an Arabian Identity by Mai Yamani
  13. Feminism and Islam: Legal and Literary Perspectives by Mai Yamani
  14. Contesting the Saudi State: Islamic Voices from a New Generation by Madawi Al-Rasheed
  15. Counter-Narratives: History, Contemporary Society, and Politics in Saudi Arabia and Yemen by Madawi Al-Rasheed
  16. A History of Saudi Arabia by Madawi Al-Rasheed
  17. Politics in an Arabian Oasis: the Rashidi Tribal Dynasty by Madawi Al-Rasheed
  18. The Rule of Law in the Middle East and the Islamic World: Human Rights and the Judicial Process by Eugene Cotran and Mai Yamani
  19. Prophets and Princes: Saudi Arabia from Muhammad to the Present by Mark Weston and Wyche Fowler Jr.
  20. Transnational Shia Politics: Religious and Political Networks in the Gulf by Laurence Louër
  21. The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future by Vali Nasr
  22. Karin in Saudi Arabia by Sami Alrabaa
  23. No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam by Reza Aslan
  24. Saudi Arabia and Its Royal Family by William Powell
  25. Islam in the World (Second Edition) by Malise Ruthven
  26. The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright
  27. Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia by Ahmed Rashid
  28. Their Blood Cries Out by Paul Marshall with Lela Gilbert
  29. A Brutal Friendship: The West and the Arab Elite by Said K. Aburish
  30. Kingdom Without Borders: Saudi Arabia’s Political, Religious, and Media Frontiers by Madawi Al-Rasheed
  31. The Siege of Mecca: The 1979 Uprising at Islam’s Holiest Shrine by Yaroslav Trofimov
  32. Musaalat Al-Dawlah Al-Saudiyah: Aswat Islamiyah Min Al-Jabal Al-Jadid (Arabic Edition) by Madawi Al-Rasheed
  33. Disfigured: A Saudi Woman’s Story of Triumph over Violence by Rania Al-Baz

Websites and other links

  1. Madawi Al Rasheed

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