The Other Saudies: Shiism, Dissent and Sectarianism

  • 208 Knox Hall, Columbia University


Toby Matthiesen
Author and Research Fellow
Oxford University

Join us for a lecture by APSA award winning author, Toby Matthiesen, on his new book, The Other Saudis: Schiism, Dissent and Sectarianism. Here, he traces the politics of the Shia in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia from the nineteenth century until the present day. Using little-known Arabic sources, extensive fieldwork in Saudi Arabia and interviews with key activists, Matthiesen outlines the difficult experiences of being Shia in a Wahhabi state, and casts new light on how the Shia have mobilized politically to change their position.

Sponsored by the Middle East Institute, the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life, and The Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies