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Children's Literature
Pride, honor, tradition . . . words used often when describing Saudi Arabia and its people. Unlike similar texts, this book has a unique voice and depth of knowledge that seems to come from someone who has lived in both Saudi Arabia and the United States. With an obvious appreciation for this ancient culture, the author introduces the Saudi Arabian country and people in a thorough and objective way. Geography, history, government, religion, art, and language are discussed. The appendixes alone make this is an excellent source for students and teachers. They include recipes, timeline, maps, glossary, bibliography and economic and cultural overviews. This book is part of the "Cultures of the World" series. 2003 (orig. 1993), Benchmark Books, Ages 13 to 17.
—Ruth Buchholz
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Previously published under the Benchmark imprint, these third editions are comprehensive geographic profiles with chapters about each country's physical features, history, ethnic groups, culture, religion and languages, economic development, and food and festivals. Revisions include new book and chapter introductions and photos, but text changes are limited to some new paragraphs about recent events or updated statistical information. Authors are positive about each country but discuss problems such as Islamic repression of women and environmental challenges. Well-captioned color photos and maps supplement the texts, and there are Internet links at the end of each chapter. The high level of detail and background information will help report writers understand how geographical factors shaped and define each nation. These books are solid choices for libraries that don't own the second editions, but they haven't been revised enough to justify replacement purchase for those that do.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781854355324
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Series: Cultures of the World Series
  • Edition description: Reference ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 10 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5
Geography 7
Geological history
The four main regions
Cities of the Kingdom
History 19
The earliest Arabs
The expansion of Islam
Foreign rule
Setbacks and triumph
The unification of Saudi Arabia
The development of a modern state
Foreign policy
The Gulf War
Government 29
National and local government
How decisions are made
Keeping the peace
Economy 35
The ups and downs of the oil market
Finding and pumping oil
Pipelines and ships
Developing the desert
Making the desert bloom
A typical workday
Foreign workers
Environment 45
Oil spills
Saudi Arabians 53
Racial mixing
National dress: thobe and veil
Social class
A Saudi talent: adjusting to rapid change
Lifestyle 63
The family: first, last, always
Traditional family structure
A growing middle class
Migration and housing
The best hospitals in the Middle East
Education: at home and abroad
The cycle of Saudi life
Marriage and divorce
The special world of Saudi women
Old age and death
Religion 79
A total way of life
Basic beliefs: God and humanity
Writings of Islam
The five pillars of Islam
Rites of the bajj
The great mosques of the Kingdom
Language 91
The Arabic alphabet, calligraphy, and numbers
Personal names
Body language
The media
Languages other than Arabic
Arts 97
The functional role of the arts
Weaving and embroidery
Ornate weapons
Architecture of the past
Modern interpretation of traditional architecture
Leisure 109
Traditional sports
Modern sports
Festivals 117
The two Eids
The Saudi National Day
Official holidays
Food 123
Typical meals
Sandi feasts
The coffee and tea ritual
Shawarma and other fast foods
Etiquette and table manners
Map of Saudi Arabia 132
About the Economy 135
About the Culture 137
Time Line 138
Glossary 140
Further Information 141
Bibliography 142
Index 142
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