Madawi al-Rasheed

Madawi al-Rasheed (Arabic: مضاوي الرشيد‎;[1] born (1962-10-00)October 1962[2]) is a Saudi Arabian professor of social anthropology. Al-Rasheed has held a position at the department of Theology and Religious Studies in King's College London and as a Visiting Professor at the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She gives occasional lectures in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. She is the granddaughter of Mohammed bin Talal al-Rasheed, the last prince of Emirate of Ha'il. She has written several books and articles in academic journals on the Arabian Peninsula, Arab migration, globalisation, gender and religious transnationalism. As of 2016, she is a Visiting Research Professor at the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore. She is active on Twitter.[3]

Madawi al-Rasheed
Madawi Al-Rasheed, Visiting Professor, Middle East Centre, LSE (44920405002).jpg
BornOctober 1962 (age 57)
Paris, France


Al-Rasheed was born in Paris, to a Saudi father and a Lebanese mother. Her father descends from the Rashidi dynasty. Shortly after her birth the family moved to Saudi Arabia, where al-Rasheed grew up.[4]

In 1975 King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was assassinated by his nephew, Faisal bin Musaid. His mother was a sister of Al Rasheed's father, and the Saudi government accused the Rashidi family of being behind the assassination. Further investigation found this to be untrue, but in 1975 al-Rasheed's family moved to Lebanon, where al‐Rasheed finished her Baccalaureate in 1981. She then started her studies in anthropology and sociology at the American University of Beirut.[4]

In 1982 Israel invaded Lebanon. Al-Rasheed went into exile a second time, to the UK, first to Salford University, then to Cambridge University, where she obtained her PhD with Ernest Gellner as her supervisor.[4]

In 2005, after an appearance on Aljazeera TV criticizing the Saudi government, Salman of Saudi Arabia, at the time the governor of Riyadh province, who later became king of Saudia Arabia, telephoned her father, claiming that her Saudi citizenship was withdrawn as punishment for her television appearance.[4]

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Edited booksEdit

  • 2012 Al-Rasheed, M. Kersten, C. and Shterin, M. (eds,) Demystifying the Caliphate: Historical Memory and Contemporary Contexts, London: Hurst and Co.
  • 2009 Al-Rasheed, M. & M. Shterin. (eds.) Dying for Faith: Religiously Motivated Violence in the Contemporary World, London: I.B. Tauris.
  • 2008 Al-Rasheed, M. (ed.) Kingdom without Borders: Saudi Political, Religious and Media Expansion, London: Hurst and Co.
  • 2005 Al-Rasheed, M. (ed.) Transnational Connections and the Arab Gulf, London: Routledge.
  • 2004 Al-Rasheed, M. & R Vitalis (eds.) Counter-Narratives: History, Contemporary Society and Politics in Saudi Arabia and Yemen, New York, Palgrave


  1. ^ al-Rasheed, Madawi (2012-09-10). موقع الدكتورة مضاوي الرشيد (in Arabic). Archived from the original on 2012-09-16. Retrieved 2012-09-16.
  2. ^ Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF).
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  4. ^ a b c d De‐exoticizing Saudi Arabia with Madawi Al‐Rasheed, 3 December 2019, Maha Abdelrahman, Archive

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