"The Kingdom" brings together a fascinating selection of writings on contemporary Saudi Arabia by a diverse group of authors, and includes contributions by such established figures as Madawi Al-Rasheed, Khalid Al-Dakhil, Badriyyah Al-Bishr, Saad Sowayan and Mona Eltahawy. The chapters range widely in their subject matter, from reformism under King Abdullah to Saudi Arabia's role as a regional power broker, thereby revealing the great breadth of issues preoccupying Saudis and others as they seek to build a modern society without compromising their powerful attachment to the religious, cultural and historical traditions which are the bedrock of Saudi society. The book is divided into four sections, dealing respectively with Saudi domestic political issues, the Kingdom's role in regional affairs, studies of Saudi society, and cultural and religious life in the Kingdom.
Joshua Craze is attached to the British Institute of Eastern Africa, and is a contributing writer at SaudiDebate.com.; Mark Huband is an award-winning journalist who was formerly Middle East correspondent for the Financial Times. He is the author of several books including Warriors Of The Prophet: The Struggle For Islam.