Identity and Politics in a Globalized Saudi Arabia: A Conversation with Mark C. Thompson (S. 8, Ep. 8)

On this week’s podcast, Mark C. Thompson talks about his new book, Being Young, Male and Saudi: Identity and Politics in a Globalized Kingdom, with Marc Lynch.

“The main goal of this book was to give a voice to a very wide variety of young Saudi men across the Kingdom— about how they feel about living in today’s contemporary Saudi Arabia, their aspirations and concerns,” said Thompson.

“Outside of Saudi Arabia, people tend to look at these sort of socio-economic, socio-cultural transformations that are happening in the Kingdom— particularly in the West—  through the prism of what’s happening to Saudi women. And they get all the attention, whereas the young men sort of get disregarded, and yet their side of the story is as equally as important— and actually informs us about the current role of Saudi women.”

Thompson is a Senior Associate Fellow at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. He is also an Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM).

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