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Shiʿi historians in a wahhabi state: identity entrepreneurs and the politics of local historiography in saudi arabia

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This article analyzes how Saudi Shiʿi historians have adapted tools associated with nationalism to create distinct historical narratives for the Shiʿa of Eastern Arabia. State-sponsored narratives have either left out Shiʿi Muslims or cast them as unbelievers and alien to the Saudi body politic. In contrast, historical narratives written by Shiʿi authors emphasize the Shiʿa's long history of sedentarization, their cultural heritage, and their struggles against...

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10.1017/s0020743814001433

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities
Department:
Oriental Studies Faculty
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
International Journal of Middle East Studies Journal website
Volume:
47
Issue:
01
Pages:
25-45
Publication date:
2015-02-09
DOI:
EISSN:
1471-6380
ISSN:
0020-7438
Pubs id:
pubs:1021764
URN:
uri:75d43882-5dba-43e8-9957-d1d6cb2a87cb
UUID:
uuid:75d43882-5dba-43e8-9957-d1d6cb2a87cb
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pubs:1021764
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English
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