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Circuits of FaithMigration, Education, and the Wahhabi Mission$
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Michael Farquhar

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780804798358

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804798358.001.0001

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National Politics and Global Mission

National Politics and Global Mission

(p.67) 3 National Politics and Global Mission
Circuits of Faith

Michael Farquhar

Stanford University Press

This chapter traces the genesis and institutional evolution of the Islamic University of Medina from the time of its founding in 1961 and over the decades that followed. It maps the history of this key Wahhabi missionary project onto Cold War geopolitics, maneuvering between the Saudi royals and the Wahhabi establishment, efforts to bolster narratives of dynastic and national legitimacy, and shifts in the international oil economy. In doing so, it emphasizes the extent to which the transactions in material and spiritual capital which would occur on the IUM campus were influenced by Saudi politics and integrated with the kingdom’s own political economy.

Keywords:   Saudi Arabia, Arab Cold War, Eisenhower Doctrine, King Saud, Jamal Abd al-Nasser, Iranian revolution, 1973 oil crisis

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