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About Carool Kersten

Carool Kersten is Reader in the Study of Islam & the Muslim World at King's College London. He is the author of The Caliphate and Islamic Statehood (2015), Islam in Indonesia (2014) and co-editor of Alternative Islamic Discourses and Religious Authority (2013) and Demystifying the Caliphate (2012). He worked in Saudi Arabia from 1989 until 2000, and maintains the Critical Muslim blog.



Articles by Carool Kersten

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The Prince: on how many fronts can Mohammad bin Salman act simultaneously?

The Saudi crown prince moves towards concentrating absolute power in his own hands, while escalating tensions on several fronts.

Saudi Arabia's game of thrones

In the round of 'royal musical chairs' that played out two months ago, the Sudairi branch of the royal family consolidated its grip on power at the expense of those loyal to the late King Abdullah. 

Succession in Saudi Arabia: no surprises here

People should not expect drastic change in Saudi Arabia, as the regime's primary concern will be to maintain the status quo.

Elections in Indonesia: long-term lessons for democratisation after regime change

Recent Indonesian electoral politics offer significant lessons for other Muslim nations which are grappling with the often contentious transition towards a "post-Islamic" democratic form of governance.

Saudi Arabia's succession: securing the status quo

Known as the ‘Sudairi Seven’ – a reference to their mother Hassa al-Sudairi – this segment of the Saudi dynasty has effectively controlled the kingdom since 1975, by occupying the most strategic government positions.

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