Egypt Institute Journal (Vol. 1 – Issue 3) / studies

Islamization of the Modern State: the Case of Saudi Arabia

July 2016


PhD Researcher in Political Science, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, United Kingdom.


The study sheds light on aspects of the Saudi state’s crisis and its relationship to the modern state, on the occasion of the centennial of some of the foundational events of this moment, such as the “Hussein-McMahon Correspondence”, the “Sykes-Picot” accords, and the outbreak of the “Great Arab Revolution”, during the past one hundred years. The study concludes that the authoritarian model of the “Islamic” state established in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been religiously justified by the political ideology of Wahhabism.

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