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A Brief History of Saudi Arabia / Edition 2 available in Paperback
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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.
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.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations vii
List of Maps viii
List of Charts ix
Note on Photos xvi
Note on Arabic Transliteration and Spelling xvii
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