Reform and Repression in Saudi Arabia, with Madawi al-Rasheed and Jeremy Bowen8 Dec 2020 – 18.00 - 19.00
On December 8, Madawi Al-Rasheed, a Saudi dissident and author of the new book The Son King, will come to Intelligence Squared to describe what she sees as essentially a con-trick: a purported programme of reforms that mask a new regime of oppression. In conversation with the BBC’s Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen, she will discuss the Saudi regime’s new online strategy of disinformation intended to promote a progressive image to the outside world, while cracking down on diverse critical voices—religious scholars, feminists and dissident youth at home. Al-Rasheed will also challenge what she calls an Orientalist view of despotism in the West, that sees dictatorship as the only pathway to stable governance in the kingdom. Join Al-Rasheed and Bowen as they explore the challenges facing the fragile Saudi nation.
BOOK BUNDLES (UK ONLY)
Book bundles include one ticket for the online debate, plus a copy of Madawi Al-Rasheed’s book The Son King: Reform and Repression in Saudi Arabia, with free UK P&P. Books will be posted within 1-2 weeks of the event finishing. Click here to purchase a book bundle.
The Son King: Reform and Repression in Saudi Arabia by Madawi Al-Rasheed is available to buy from Primrose Hill Books (£20 with free UK P&P). Intelligence Squared+ subscribers get a discount on this book, and similar discounts on other books. Click here for more information and to subscribe.