Time and Location

Monday, 25. November 2013, 19:00 – 21:00
Aula des Uni Campus im Alten AKH, Hof 1, Spitalgasse 2-4, 1090 Vienna


Lecture and Discussion
Madawi Al-Rasheed 
Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science

Helmut Krieger, University of Vienna

Magda Seewald, VIDC

Languages: German and English with simultatnious interpretation

Saudi Arabia and the Challenge of the Arab Uprisings

© Patrizia Gapp


So far, the different interventions in the Arab uprisings by the Gulf Cooperation Council and here in particular Saudi Arabia have found little attention in the Western media. Be it the political as well as direct financial and military support of the Syrian insurgency, be it the repression of the protest movement in Bahrain, be it the ideological and financial support of Salafist movements in Egypt and Tunisia, be it the open espousal of the military coup in Egypt or be it the political and economic support of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank: Saudi Arabia's importance in the current upheaval is a key.


Madawi Al-Rasheed

She is Visiting Professor at the Middle East Centre, London School or Economics and Political Science, and Research Fellow at Open Society Foundation. Her research focuses on history, society, religion and politics in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf, Middle Eastern Christian minorities, Arab migration, Islamist movements, and state and gender relations. Her publications include Politics in an Arabian Oasis (I.B. Tauris 1991), A History of Saudi Arabia (second edition CUP 2010), Counter Narratives: History, Contemporary Society and Politics in Saudi Arabia and Yemen (Palgrave 2004),Transnational Connections and the Arab Gulf (Routledge 2005), Contesting the Saudi State: Islamic Voices from a New Generation (CUP 2007), Kingdom without Borders: Saudi Political, Religious and Media Frontiers (Hurst 2008), Dying for Faith: Religiously Motivated Violence in the Contemporary World (I.B. Tauris 2009),  mazaq al-islah fi al-saoudiyya (Saqi),  Demystifying the Caliphate (Hurst 2012) and A Masculine State, Gender, Politics and Religion in Saudi Arabia (CUP 2013).

Helmut Krieger

He is a social scientist at the Institute of International Development at the University of Vienna. Currently he is engaged in a university cooperation project with the Centre for Development Studies at Birzeit University in the West Bank, funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation. His main research areas are the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, movement of political Islam in the Arab world, critical state theory and postcolonial theory. His most recent publication is: Investitionen in den Konflikt. Die politische Ökonomie palästinensischer Staatsformierung (2013).