Madawi al-Rasheed is Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Research Fellow at the Open Society Foundation. Her research focuses on history, society, religion and politics in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, Islamist movements, and state and gender relations. Recent publications include: The Masculine State, Gender, Religion and Politics in Saudi Arabia (2013).
The Arab uprisings which beginning with Tunisia swept over the whole Arabic world, from Morocco to Syria, could not have come in a worse moment for the Saudi leadership. Weakened by internal divisions, the ageing leadership was seriously concerned about the movements of protest that materialized inside the country, not...
Saudi Arabia. Obedience to rulers, the handing over of money and the hands of the police: how the regime suffocated the stirrings of revolt. The population asks for change, but digital protest is not enough: the Saudi case attests to the limits of the cyber-utopia and the euphoria of the so-called Twitter and Facebook revolutions.
Madawi Al Rasheed, A History of Saudi Arabia (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2010, second edition).