The Meccan Rebellion

  The Meccan Rebellion -
The Story of Juhayman al-Utaybi Revisited,

[A5] Hardback with DustJacket - 84+ pages,
by Thomas Hegghammer and Stephane Lacroix,
Published by Amal Press, UK.

Back in Stock July 2020

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In November 1979, Juhayman al-Utaybi and his fellow rebels took over the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the holiest sanctuary in Islam, beginning what would become one of the most spectacular events in the modern history of Saudi Arabia. By the end of the siege, the Grand Mosque was drenched in blood and its rebel leader and his co-conspirators were shortly beheaded for their crime. Three decades later, the name of the rebel leader is taboo in Saudi Arabia and his writings are banned; much about this event is still misunderstood. As the initial days of the siege elapsed, many Muslims believed that it was a US-led assault on Islam, and even now, many in the Muslim world believe that the Iranians were responsible for the sacrilege.

Today, many important questions remain unanswered. Who were the rebels, and what did they want? Why and how did Juhayman’s group come into existence? What was Juhayman’s ideological legacy and how have his writings influenced contemporary Islamist strains? Based on new information gathered from extensive fieldwork in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere, this publication sheds light on the story and legacy of Juhayman al-'Utaybi.

Table of Contents :


---Chapter [I]. The Meccan Rebellion :
---The Story of Juhayman al-'Utaybi Revisited,
-------Oppositon and Islamism in Saudi Arabia before 1979,
-------Al-Jama'a al-Salafiyya al-Muhtasiba,
-------Interpreting Juhayman's Movement,
-------Juhayman's Legacy,
-------Conclusion : Juhayman al-'Utaybi and ''Rejectionist Islamism'' in Saudi Arabia.

---Chapter [II]. Between Revolution and Apoliticism :
---Nasir al-Din al-Albani and his Impact on the Shaping of Contemporary Salafism,
------Three Distinct Religious Traditions,
-----------(1). Muslim Reformism,
-----------(2). Wahhabism,
-----------(3). Ahl e Hadith.
------The Birth of Modern Salafism,
------Al-Albani in Syria,
------Al-Albani and Saudi Arabia
------From al-Albani to the Neo-Ahl al-Hadith,
------Identity and Practices of the Neo-Ahl al-Hadith,
------The Neo-Ahl al-Hadith's Early Bases in Saudi Arabia,
------Al-Albani's Heirs,
-----------Juhayman al-Utaybi and the Rejectionists,
-----------Al-Madkhali and the Jamis,
------The Exportation of the Neo-Ahl al-Hadith,
------Conclusion : The Neo-Ahl al-Hadith Today.

---Notes to Chapter I.
---Notes to Chapter II.

Reviews :

Crucially documents some of the key doctrinal and legal disputes which divide the various 'Salafi schools' in Saudi Arabia. ---Abdal Hakim Murad, author of Bombing Without Moonlight: The Origins of Suicidal Terrorism important book on a little known yet critical phase in the early history of Islamism. The more we understand about the historical roots of this phenomenon, the more we can attempt to address the problem in today’s world. ---John Bew, Lecturer in War Studies at King’s College and Deputy Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation.

A stimulating and original work of scholarship. Hegghammer and Lacroix write with clarity and authority. This is a sane and lucid investigation into the religious origins that inspired the 1979 siege of the Grand Mosque. ---Azeem Ibrahim, Research Fellow, International Security Program,  Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Absolutely gripping detective work from first-hand sources—the definitive work on this crucial episode in modern Saudi history and the development of Islamism. ---Robert Lacey, author of Inside the Kingdom.

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