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Of Sand or Soil: Genealogy and Tribal Belonging in Saudi Arabia

Nadav Samin


Why do tribal genealogies matter in modern-day Saudi Arabia? What compels the strivers and climbers of the new Saudi Arabia to want to prove their authentic descent from one or another prestigious Arabian tribe? This book looks at how genealogy and tribal belonging have informed the lives of past and present inhabitants of Saudi Arabia and how the Saudi government's tacit glorification of tribal origins has shaped the powerful development of the kingdom's genealogical culture. The book presents the first extended biographical exploration of the major twentieth-century Saudi scholar Hamad al-Jā ... More

Keywords: tribal genealogy, Saudi Arabia, tribal belonging, Hamad al-Jāsir, kinship, oral narrative, state formation, genealogical politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780691164441
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691164441.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nadav Samin, author
Dartmouth College