A Brief History of Saudi Arabia / Edition 2

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In recent years Saudi Arabia has experienced changes that have both altered the internal structure of the country and affected its foreign relations. Women have gained additional civil rights; the educational system has been overhauled in an attempt to generate a skilled workforce that can enter the competitive global market; and international concern regarding terrorists within Saudi Arabia's borders has prompted an aggressive response from King Abdullah.

Yet despite economic, social, and political improvements, the country still faces turmoil from continued conflict in the Middle East. And as the birthplace of Islam, Saudi Arabia must find a way to balance its religious authority with the demands of a modern society. From Saudi Arabia's pre-Islamic history to the events of today, A Brief History of Saudi Arabia, Second Edition offers a balanced, informative perspective on the country's long history.

Coverage includes

Pre-Islamic Arabia

Bedouin society and culture

The birth and spread of Islam

The development of and philosophy behind Wahhabism

The origins of the House of Saud

Saudi Arabia's role in the Middle East

Saudi Arabia's relationship to the United States

The battle between conservative and progressive elements in the monarchy today

The reign of King Abdullah

Basic facts, a chronology, a bibliography, and a list of suggested reading make up the appendixes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816082506
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Series: Brief History Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

List of Maps viii

List of Charts ix

Foreword x

Acknowledgments xv

Note on Photos xvi

Note on Arabic Transliteration and Spelling xvii

Introduction xviii

1 Arabia: The Land and Its Pre-Islamic History 1

2 The Birth of Islam (571-632) 24

3 The Islamic Empire and Arabia (632-1258) 47

4 The Golden Age of Islam (ca. 750-1258) 73

5 The Mamluks, the Ottomans, and the Wahhabi-Al Saud Alliance (1258-1745) 93

6 The First Saudi State (1745-1818) 117

7 Roots of Modern Arabia (1818-1891) 143

8 Unity and Independence (1891-1932) 164

9 Birth of a Kingdom (1932-1953) 187

10 A Path to World Power (1953-1973) 208

11 Oil and Arms (1973-1990) 233

12 The Gulf Crisis and Its Aftermath (1990-2001) 254

13 The Challenges Ahead 273


1 Glossary 317

2 Basic Facts about Saudi Arabia 321

3 Chronology 325

4 Bibliography 335

5 Suggested Reading 342

Index 347

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