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Professor Madawi Al-Rasheed


Madawi Al-Rasheed is Visiting Professor at the Middle East Centre at LSE and Research Fellow at the Open Society Foundation.  She was Professor of Anthropology of Religion at King’s College, London  between 1994 and 2013. Previously, she was Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. She also taught at Goldsmith College (University of London) and the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford. 


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Email: m.al-rasheed@lse.ac.uk|
+44(0)207 955 6465

Research Interests

  • Anthropology of Muslim societies
  • Religion, politics and state in Saudi Arabia
  • Islamist movements, civil society and mobilisation
  • Gender, religion and politics
  • Transnational connections and the Arab Gulf
  • Human development

Selected Publications


  • 2013 Al-Rasheed, M. A Most Masculine State: Gender, Politics and Religion in Saudi Arabia, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  • 2010 Al-Rasheed, M. A History of Saudi Arabia, Second Edition, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  • 2007 Al-Rasheed, M.  Contesting the Saudi State: Islamic Voices from a New Generation,  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  • 2005 Al-Rasheed, M. Mazaq Al-islah fi al-Saudiyyah fi al-Qarn al-Wahid wa al-Ishrin, London: al-Saqi
  • 2002 Al-Rasheed, M. A History of Saudi Arabia, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  Also in Arabic, Spanish and Polish.
  • 1998 Al-Rasheed, M. Iraqi Assyrian Christians in London: the Construction of Ethnicity, New York: the Edwin Mellen Press
  • 1991 Al-Rasheed M. Politics in an Arabian Oasis: the Rashidi Tribal Dynasty, London: I.B. Tauris

Edited Books:

  • 2012 Al-Rasheed, M. Kersten, C. and Shterin, M. (eds,)  Demystifying the Caliphate: Historical Memory and Contemporary Contexts, London: Hurst and Co. 
  • 2009 Al-Rasheed, M. & M. Shterin. (eds.)  Dying for Faith: Religiously Motivated Violence in the Contemporary World, London: I.B. Tauris. 
  • 2008 Al-Rasheed, M. (ed.) Kingdom without Borders: Saudi Political, Religious and Media Expansion, London: Hurst and Co.
  • 2005 Al-Rasheed, M. (ed.) Transnational Connections and the Arab Gulf,  London: Routledge.
  • 2004 Al-Rasheed, M. & R Vitalis (eds.) Counter-Narratives: History, Contemporary Society and Politics in Saudi Arabia and Yemen New York, Palgrave