Cradle of Islam: The Hijaz and the Quest for Identity in Saudi Arabia (BOK)

Mai Yamani

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Is Saudi Arabia really a homogeneous Wahhabi dominated state? In 1932 the Al Saud family incorporated the kingdom of Hijaz, once the cultural hub of the Arabian world, in to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The urban, cosmopolitan Hijazis were absorbed in to a new state whose codes of behavior and rules were determined by the Najdis, an ascetic desert people, from whom the Al Saud family came. But the Saudi rulers failed to fully integrate the Hijaz, which retains a distinctive identity to this day. In "Cradle of Islam", the product of years spent in Mecca, Medina, Jeddah and Taif, Mai Yamani traces the fortunes of the distinctive and resilient culture of the Hijazis, from the golden age of Hashemite Mecca to Saudi domination to its current resurgence. The Hijazis today emphasise their regional heritage in religious ritual, food, dress and language as a response to the 'Najdification' of everyday life. The Hijazi experience shows the vitality of cultural diversity in the face of political repression in the Arab world.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Utgitt 2009
Forfatter Mai Yamani Forlag
I B TAURIS
ISBN 9781845118242 Antall sider 248
Dimensjoner 15,6cm x 23,4cm x 2cm Vekt 399 gram
Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd Emner og form 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Social & cultural history, Middle Eastern history