Counter-Narratives: History, Contemporary Society, and Politics in Saudi Arabia and Yemen (Paperback)
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Counter-Narratives: History, Contemporary Society, and Politics in Saudi Arabia and Yemen (Paperback)

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Paperback 313 Pages / Published: 20/07/2004
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Saudi Arabia and Yemen are two countries of crucial importance in the Middle East and yet our knowledge about them is highly limited, while typical ways of looking at the histories of these countries have impeded understanding. Counter-Narratives brings together a group of leading scholars of the Middle East using new theoretical and methodological approaches to cross-examine standard stories, whether as told by Westerners or by Saudis and Yemenis, and these are found wanting. The authors assess how grand historical narratives such as those produced by states and colonial powers are currently challenged by multiple historical actors, a process which generates alternative narratives about identity, the state and society.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781349527793
Number of pages: 313
Weight: 416 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 200


MEDIA REVIEWS

"This volume is an important step in the effort to bring the study of the politics of the Arabian Peninsula into the mainstream of scholarship and to bring the full range of scholarly approaches to the study of the Peninsula. It breaks new ground on both empirical and interpretative levels." - F. Gregory Gause, III, Director of the Middle East Studies Program, University of Vermont

"Counter-Narratives brings together some of the finest new scholarship on the Arabian Peninsula. The contributors offer a rich analysis of social identity, political belonging, and historical transformation in Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The book illuminates the differing roles of imperial powers, local hierarchies, intellectual reformers, oil companies, and other actors in shaping the region's modern politics. Conventional images of a world of tribes, rulers, and oilmen give way to finely textured interpretations of one of the most critically important areas of the contemporary world." - Timothy Mitchell. Professor of Politics, New York University

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