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Civil Society and the Voluntary Sector in Saudi Arabia

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Abstract:

This article looks at the Saudi voluntary sector and its relationship with the ruling family, the Al Sa'ud. It suggests that the voluntary sector in Saudi Arabia is a major agent for socio-political dialogue and social reform and that civil society in Saudi Arabia functions by using traditional forms of social interaction, such as the charitable sector. NGOs constitute an important arena of civil society wherein citizens and the governing Al Sa'ud have the opportunity to carry out a dialogue.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3751/64.1.14

Publication date: December 1, 2010

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