Losing the Regional Struggle: Saudi Arabia and the Changing International Relations of the Middle East

Date(s) - 04/09/18
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Kresge Hall

Hosted by
Northwestern University

MENA Monday. Losing the Regional Struggle: Saudi Arabia and the Changing International Relations of the Middle East — Madawi Al-Rasheed

Northwestern University

Monday, April 9, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Madawi Al-Rasheed is Visiting Professor at the Middle East Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science and a columnist for Al-Monitor. From 1994 to 2013 she was Professor of Anthropology of Religion at King’s College London. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on the Arabian Peninsula, gender politics, religious transnationalism, Arab migration to London, minorities in the Middle East, Islamist movements, and globalization.

She is the author of several books, including Contesting the Saudi State: Islamic Voices from a New Generation (Cambridge University Press, 2006), A Most Masculine State: Gender, Politics and Religion in Saudi Arabia (Cambridge University Press, 2013), and Muted Modernists: The Struggle over Divine Politics in Saudi Arabia (OUP, 2016), and the editor of Kingdom Without Borders: Saudi Arabia’s Political, Religious and Media Frontiers (OUP, 2008).

Her chapter “Sectarianism as Counter-Revolution: Saudi Responses to the Arab Spring” appears in the book Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East, edited by Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel (Oxford University Press, 2017). She recently authored a 4-part series for the LSE Middle East Centre blog assessing the prospects for new directions in Saudi foreign policy:

Part 1 – Salman’s Coups
Part 2 – Muhammad ibn Salman and Trump: A Successful Momentary Symbiosis
Part 3 – Salman’s Son and Europe: Secondary Partnerships
Part 4 – Losing the Regional Struggle: Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran and the Elephant in the Room

Available at:

King Salman and His Son: Winning the US, Losing the Rest


This event is co-sponsored by the Global Politics and Religion Research Group (Buffett Institute for Global Studies), the Department of Anthropology, and the Department of Religious Studies.