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Title:
The Meccan Rebellion: The Story of Juhayman al-Utaybi Revisited
Author(s):
Thomas Hegghammer, Stephane Lacroix,
Format:
Paperback / Hardback
Pages:
tba / 70
Edition:
tba / 2011
ISBN:
tba / 978-0-95-5235993
Price:
tba / £5.99
Description:
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 skillful and scholarly blend of the theological, historical and contemporary contexts to the storming of the Grand mosque in November 1979. It offers original insight into Saudi religious politics, locating a particular form of pietistic rejectionist Islam within the broader context of Salafi thinking. This is a work of strong scholarship not only in its own terms as an account of events and context, but as a broader contribution to an important area of Terrorism Studies. As such it is essent...
Max Taylor, Professor of International Relations, University of St Andrews and Director of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence
...an important book on a little known yet critical phase in the early history of Islamism. The more we understand about the historical roots of this phenomenon, the more we can attempt to address the problem in today’s world....
John Bew, Lecturer in War Studies at King’s College and Deputy Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation

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