Madawi Al-Rasheed is Visiting Professor at the Middle East Centre, LSE and Research Fellow at The Open Society Foundation. Previously, she was Professor of Social Anthropology at King’s College, London. Her research focuses on history, society, religion and politics in Saudi Arabia. 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), Demystifying the Caliphate (Hurst 2012) and a Most Masculine State: Gender, Religion, and Politics in Saudi Arabia (CUP 2013).