Backstory: The House of Saud

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Saudi Royal family has been a close ally with the United States for decades; they are also one of the most repressive regimes in the Middle East. Madawi Al-Rasheed, Professor of Anthropology of Religion at Kings College, London, looks into the history of the family, how they rule the country with an iron fist and why a nascent protest movement there has been suppressed.


Madawi Al-Rasheed

Comments [4]

Ali Rebh from Qatif, Arabia

We are realy having a crisis regarding our Identity .
It is realy a disaster , what can we do?

Mar. 24 2011 09:40 PM
Ali Alyami from Washington, DC

Dr. Madawi Al-Rasheed is a gifted and brilliant writer who knows Saudi Arabia, its history, people and absolute monarchy more than any one I know. This is a brilliantly written narrative that the West should heed and stop supporting a system that not only treats its voiceless people with utter contempt, but pose threats to democracies worldwide.

The West, especially the US, should support pro democracy Saudis, specifically the aspiring millions of young Saudi men and women who, like their counterpart around the world, want liberty, safety, fulfilling employment, non-sectarian education and respect for human dignity.

Ali H. Alyami, Ph. D.
Executive Director, Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
1050 17 St. NW Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 558-5552; (202) 413-0084; Fax: (202) 536-5210;

Mar. 24 2011 04:52 PM
Nick from UWS

Jesus Christ, can this woman talk. Seamless. Did Leonard go out to lunch?

Mar. 24 2011 01:37 PM
Sasha from New York

I really did not realize how suppressed SA was. But what about the women? Have there been any improvements in how women are treated? I remember reading a biography years ago where a woman raped was punished instead of the man.

Mar. 24 2011 01:33 PM

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