The History of Saudi Arabia

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Saqi, Sep 1, 2013 - History - 576 pages
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How has Saudi Arabia managed to maintain its Arab and Islamic values while at the same time adopting Western technology and a market economy? How have its hereditary leaders, who govern with a mixture of political pragmatism and religious zeal, managed to maintain their power? This comprehensive history of Saudi Arabia from 1745 to the present provides insight into its culture and politi, its powerful oil industry, its relations with its neighbours, and the ongoing influence of the Wahhabi movement. Based on a wealth of Arab, American, British, Western and Eastern European sources, this book will stand as the definitive account of the largest state on the Arabian peninsula. A Choice Outstanding Academic Book 'If you read or own just one book on Saudi Arabia, make sure it is this one' -- Middle East Quarterly 'Combines a wealth of fascinating detail with rigorous and penetrating analysis.' -- Bernard Lewis 'An outstanding book: a study of the Saudi state rich in historical documentation. Comprehensive and measured.' -- Fred Halliday 'It will become required reading for all those interested in the country's shaping and development over the past two centuries.' -- Tim Niblock
 

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Contents

A Note on the Spelling and Transliteration System
Notes on Sources
Part
Economy Society Politics
Muhammad ibn Abd alWahhab and his Teaching
The Rise of the First Saudi State 17451811
The Social and Political System of the Emirate of alDiriya
The Wahhabis Routed by the Egyptians 18111818
The Consolidation of the Arabian Territories around Najd 19181926
Increased Centralization and the Ikhwan Movement 19261934
The Sociopolitical Structure of Saudi Arabia after its Creation
The Oil Concessions
Saudi Arabia and the Second World War 19391945
Domestic and Foreign Policy 19451958
The Socioeconomic Structure of Saudi Arabia in the Oil Era the 1950s to the early 1980s
The Political Regime the 1950s to the early 1980s

From the Fall of alDiriya to the Egyptian Evacuation of Arabia 18181840
The Second Saudi State 18431865
The Disintegration of the Emirate of Riyadh and the Rise of Jabal Shammar
The Renaissance of the Emirate of Riyadh in the Early Twentieth Century 10 Najd and Hijaz during the First World War 19141918
Part
Economy Society Politics the 1980s and the 1990s
Conclusion
Bibliography
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