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ASQ 39.4 Contents & Abstracts



Articles

The Uses of Geography in Youssef Ziedan’s Azazeel

Sally Gomaa

Withstanding the Winds of Change? Literary Representations of the Gulf War and Its Impacts on Saudi Society

Zahia Smail Salhi

Saudi Society and the State: Ideational and Material Basis

Muharrem Hilmi Özev

Book Reviews

Hanssen, Jens, and Max Weiss (eds.). Arabic Thought beyond the
Liberal Age: Towards an Intellectual History of the Nahda

Reviewed by Sa’ed Atshan

Farquhar, Michael. Circuits of Faith: Migration, Education, and the Wahhabi Mission

Reviewed by Alice Duesdieker

Books in Brief

Books Received 2016-2017

EDITOR’S NOTE

THE USES OF GEOGRAPHY IN YOUSSEF ZIEDAN’S AZAZEEL

Sally Gomaa

Abstract: Youssef Ziedan’s controversial novel Azazeel follows an anonymous narrator’s journey from Upper Egypt to Aleppo during the first half of the fifth-century AD. This article argues that descriptions of landscape enable the narrator to articulate personal and historical crises otherwise censored or repressed. By incorporating geographical features into his identity, the narrator creates a poetic version of himself free from the hegemony of the dominant religious discourse. The search for a free, private space shapes the novel’s aesthetic as well as political concerns. Overall, Azazeel is an important novel because of its literary value, its denouncement of geopolitical definitions of God, and its ability to place the history of religious violence in Egypt within the global context.

Keywords: Youssef Ziedan, Azazeel, Arabic novel, geography, literary criticism, religious violence

WITHSTANDING THE WINDS OF CHANGE? LITERARY REPRESENTATIONS OF THE GULF WAR AND ITS IMPACTS ON SAUDI SOCIETY

Zahia Smail Salhi

Abstract: This article argues that the 1991 Gulf War had a deep transformative effect on Saudi Arabia. It aims to analyze the extent to which this war brought about major ideological changes to a society seemingly deemed unchangeable. Through the study of three Saudi novels which drew on this war as a source of creative and political inspiration, this study brings to life Saudi people’s discussions, dilemmas, and reactions to the crumbling of the edifice of Arab unity and the emergence of “America” in its place as the “savior” from the evil of Saddam Hussein. We contend that despite resistance from various conservative elements of Saudi society, the winds of change brought by this war could not be resisted. The novels under study skillfully portray the events of this war not as battlefield accounts, but as accounts of a society wrestling with an irresistible wind of change.

Keywords: war literature, Gulf War, social transformations, change, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

SAUDI SOCIETY AND THE STATE: IDEATIONAL AND MATERIAL BASIS

Muharrem Hilmi Özev

Abstract: This article considers religious, social, political, and economic dimensions of the Saudi-Wahhabi state imagination. Since the inception, the Saudi state has relied on two main pillars: the monarchy and Wahhabism, which have been in a symbiotic relationship. In time, the state imagination in Saudi Arabia has been determined and reconstructed by factors like Wahhabism, monarchism, rentierism, internal and international political and economic obligations, and modernization efforts imposed by being a “nation state.” Those factors made Saudi Arabia a sui generis state. The legitimacy of the monarchy has been ensured through tribalism and, on a larger scale, religion. Foreign aid, booties, oil revenues, and, on a rather insignificant scale, tax revenues have created a material infrastructure to build citizenship.

Keywords: Saudi Arabia, state/nation building, monarchism, Wahhabism, tribalism, oil money, rentier state

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