Tag Archives: islam

Imperialism and the Construction of Saudi Arabia

Western imperialism played a decisive role in shaping Middle Eastern politics and society by protecting the conservative monarchy of Saudi Arabia against left-wing revolutionaries in the 1950s and 1960s, and paving the way for Saudi elites to finance the rise of modern Islamic fundamentalism. … Continue reading

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[Book Review] Revolutionary Iran: The History of the Islamic Republic (2013)

“Revolutionary Iran” gives a very good overview of modern Iranian history and the internal ideological struggles of the post-revolution elites–but lacks any real detail about the political economy or the class dynamics of post-revolution Iran.  

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Islamic Fundamentalism: Notes on Internal Contradictions and Historical Origins

I wrote this blurb a couple of years ago, but never got around to posting it anywhere public–so, here it is!   I sat in on a Middle Eastern studies lecture today.  It was a small, discussion-based class, with about … Continue reading

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