A Brief History of Saudi Arabia

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Infobase Publishing, 2010 - History - 364 pages
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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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This is very excellent book study for Saudi Arabia.


Arabia The Land and Its PreIslamic History
The Birth of Islam
The Islamic Empire and Arabia
The Golden Age of Islam
The Mamluks the Ottomans and the WahhabiAl Saud Alliance
The First Saudi State
Roots of Modern Arabia
Unity and Independence
Birth of a Kingdom
A Parth to World Power
Oil and Arms
The Gulf Crisis and Its Aftermath
The Challenges Ahead

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About the author (2010)

Author and journalist James Wynbrandt began studying Arabic in Damascus, Syria. and continued his education in the language and the region's culture and history at New York University's Hagop Kevorkian Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He is the author of A Brief History of Pakistan for Facts On File.
Foreword author Fawaz A. Gerges has been appointed Chair at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He obtained an M.Sci. from the London School of Economics and a D.Phil. from Oxford University. A consultant and regular commentator for ABC News, Gerges has appeared on many television and radio networks throughout the world, including CNN, CBS, NPR, and the BBC.

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