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The History of Saudi Arabia

History


by
Alexei Vassiliev

Book Details

Format: EPUB

Page count: 576 pages

File size: 1.5 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English

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 politics, 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

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 politics, its powerful oil industry, its relations with its neighbours, and the ongoing… (more)

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 politics, 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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