The Perils of Saudi Nationalism
Department of International Relations Fred Halliday Memorial Lecture 2023/24
Monday 5 February 2024 6.30pm to 8.00pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, CKK Building (also online)
Join us for the 2023/24 Fred Halliday Memorial Lecture with Madawi Al-Rasheed who will discuss the history of Saudi nationalism and the new populist Saudi nationalism.
Since the rise of Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman in 2017, a new populist Saudi nationalism has been promoted. This lecture traces the shift in Saudi nation-building from the early days of religious nationalism to the current populist trend. The new Saudi national narrative inevitably involves selectively remembering and forgetting aspects of the past in order to consolidate a shift in national consciousness about who Saudis are. But while the new nationalism promises to invigorate the nation, the process is accompanied by serious violence against dissenting voices.
Meet our speaker and chair
Madawi Al-Rasheed is Visiting Professor at the Middle East Centre, London School of Economics and Fellow of the British Academy. Her research focuses on history, society, religion and politics in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, Middle Eastern Christian minorities in Britain, Arab migration, Islamist movements, state and gender relations, and Islamic modernism. She has published several books on Saudi Arabia. Her most recent book is The Son King: Reform and Repression in Saudi Arabia (OUP 2020).
Jeffrey Chwieroth is Professor in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Head of the Department. He is also co-investigator at the Systemic Risk Centre and Faculty Affiliate at the Phelan United States Centre at LSE.
This public event is free and open to all. This event will be a hybrid event, with an in-person audience and an online audience.
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Further information about registering for the online audience coming soon