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The Meccan Rebellion: The Story of Juhayman al-Utaybi Revisited
Thomas Hegghammer, Stephane Lacroix,
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tba / 70
tba / 2011
tba / 978-0-95-5235993
tba / £5.99
In November 1979, Juhayman al-Utaybi and his fellow rebels took over the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the holiest sanctuary in Islam, beginning what would become one of the most spectacular events in the modern history of Saudi Arabia.
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These essays uncover the roots of the 1979 Meccan Rebellion with remarkably penetrating and erudite studies of Salafi networks in Saudi Arabia and their relationship to the state, the official Wahhabi establishment, and rival religious currents.   The authors’ meticulous research, including interviews with former activists, reveals a world of sheikhs and pupils grappling with the practical implications of textual rigour and uncompromising idealism....
David Commins, Professor of History, Dickinson College, author of The Wahhabi Mission and Saudi Arabia
A stimulating and original work of scholarship. Hegghammer and Lacroix write with clarity and authority. This is a sane and lucid investigation into the religious origins that inspired the 1979 siege of the Grand Mosque....
Azeem Ibrahim, Research Fellow, International Security Program,  Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Crucially documents some of the key doctrinal and legal disputes which divide the various Salafi schools in Saudi Arabia....
Abdal Hakim Murad, author of Bombing Without Moonlight: The Origins of Suicidal Terrorism

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