By Wayne H. Bowen
Modern Saudi Arabia is a state suffering to undertake its eighteenth-century political and spiritual method to the calls for of the hot millennium. ruled via an absolute monarchy, the Saudi nation confronts the a number of demanding situations of globalization with a cautiousness that has characterised its sleek heritage. in contrast to in such a lot past centuries, whilst occasions within the peninsula have been of little be aware open air the Islamic international, Arabia is almost immediately a country of serious value. With the biggest percentage of the world's confirmed petroleum reserves, a dominant function in OPEC, key political and geographic terrain within the center East, the foreign prominence that includes controlling the holy towns of Mecca and Medina, and an enormous position in selling fundamentalist Wahhabi Islam, the dominion of Saudi Arabia is arguably extra major and suitable to the realm than at any time in its historical past, a minimum of because the life of the Prophet Mohammed throughout the 6th and 7th centuries. This publication examines the background of Saudi Arabia and its makes an attempt to remodel to the recent international whereas holding its past.
Ideal for college kids and common readers, The historical past of Saudi Arabia is a part of The Greenwood Histories of the trendy Nations sequence. With the histories of approximately forty countries in print, those books supply readers with a concise, up to date historical past of nations through the global. Reference positive aspects contain a biographical part highlighting recognized figures in Saudi Arabian background, a timeline of significant ancient occasions, a thesaurus of phrases, and a bibliographical essay with feedback for additional reading.
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