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Saudi Arabia and Iran : soft power rivalry in the Middle East /
Simon Mabon.
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London : I.B. Tauris, 2013.
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298 p. : maps ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1780763115 (hbk.), 9781780763118 (hbk.)
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London : I.B. Tauris, 2013.
isbn
1780763115 (hbk.)
9781780763118 (hbk.)
catalogue key
8996922
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [269]-290) and index.
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In the wake of the 1979 Iranian revolution, relations between states in the Middle East were reconfigured and reassessed overnight. The existence of a new regime in Tehran led to increasingly vitriolic confrontations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, often manifesting themselves in the conflicts across the region. Simon Mabon examines the different identity groups within these two states, proposing that internal insecurity has an enormous impact on the wider ideological and geopolitical competition between the two.
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In the wake of the 1979 Iranian revolution, relations between states in the Middle East were reconfigured and reassessed overnight. Amongst the most-affected was the relationship between Iran and Saudi Arabia. The existence of a new regime in Tehran led to increasingly vitriolic confrontations between these two states, often manifesting themselves in the conflicts across the region, such as those in Lebanon and Iraq, and more recently in Bahrain and Syria. In order to shed light upon this rivalry, Simon Mabon examines the different identity groups within Saudi Arabia and Iran (made up of various religions, ethnicities and tribal groupings), proposing that internal insecurity has an enormous impact on the wider ideological and geopolitical competition between the two. With analysis of this heated and often uneasy relationship and its impact on the wider Middle East, this book is vital for those researching international relations and diplomacy in the region.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Mapsp. x
The Middle Eastp. x
Iranp. xi
Saudi Arabiap. xii
Introductionp. 1
The Middle East in International Relationsp. 8
Arabian Gulf vs Persian Gulfp. 41
History, Politics and Narratives of State-Buildingp. 79
Religious Incongruencep. 107
Ethno-Tribal Incongruencep. 141
The Response of the Statep. 172
Internal-External Security Dilemmasp. 198
Conclusionsp. 217
Notesp. 222
Bibliographyp. 269
Indexp. 291
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