The image that is commonly associated with Saudi Arabia portrays a country in which religious laws determine every aspect of daily life. Women are permitted to not drive; where males and females are not permitted to communicate; where men and women wear a veil; and where restaurants, banks and cafes offer two types of services for families, and one for men.
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But life in Saudi Arabia in reality, contrary to popular belief it isn’t as straightforward as just following rules of the faith. David Commins challenges the stereotype of a nation that is immune to change by highlighting ways that education, urbanization consumption, global communications and technological innovations have put pressure on rules imposed by the establishment of religion.
He situates the Wahhabi movement in the larger historical context of Islamic time, illustrating how clerics who were appointed by the state built upon the dynastic foundation to create an ideal society based on Sharia religious observance and morality.
Yet beneath the superficial appearance of a cult-like adherence to Islamic authority , he reveals the currents that represent Arabia’s history of diversities (where there are Shi’i and Sufi tendencies persist even in the face of discrimination) as well as the impact of the exposure of its people to Western practices.
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1848858000
- ISBN-13 : 978-1848858008
- Weight : 14.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.79 x 0.98 x 8.82