Club MEdiNA: Pascal Menoret, “Joyriding in Riyadh”

Pascal Menoret completed his Ph.D. in 2008 from the Department of History at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He joined NYUAD as an associate professor in Middle Eastern Studies in 2011 after two years as a post-doctoral fellow at Princeton’s Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia (2008-2010). Pascal was a scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies (2010-2011 and 2013-2014). Pascal’s research combines urban history and social anthropology. His latest book, Joyriding in Riyadh: Oil, Urbanism, and Road Revolt, (Cambridge University Press, 2014) explores the relationship between urban planning and youth unrest in the Saudi capital. His new book project, entitled Graveyard of the Clerics: Religious Activism in Saudi Suburbia, is a cultural history of Saudi Islamic movements since the mid-1960s. He has published The Saudi Enigma: A History (Zed Books, 2005) and L’Arabie, des routes de l’encens à l’ère du pétrole (Gallimard, 2010). Dr. Menoret will lecturing about his latest book : Joyriding in Riyadh: Oil, Urbanism, and Road Revolt.

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