A Brief History of Saudi Arabia

A Brief History of Saudi Arabia

Book - 2010
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Saudi Arabia is a country in transition, slowly but steadily changing from within and increasingly flexing its muscle and influence regionally. The country has entered the new century as a pivotal regional power. As the birthplace of Islam, it remains a powerful moral leader of the Muslim world, particularly the Arab arena. Its response to domestic terrorism has shown that the monarchy has the drive to confront destabilising elements within its borders and the increasing value of its oil has provided financial and political security at home. Yet Saudi Arabia still faces the challenges of unemployment for many of its citizens, and its education system makes it difficult for Saudi youth to compete in the global market. While the country held its first elections in history in 2005, the war in Iraq has deepened the divide between Sunni and Shiite policies.
From Saudi Arabia's pre-Islamic history to the events of today, this book offers a balanced, informative perspective on the country's long history. Complete with black-and-white illustrations, maps, charts, a chronology, and basic facts, this comprehensive overview of the history of Saudi Arabia places the political, economic, and cultural events of today into a broad historical context.
Publisher: New York, NY : Facts On File, c2010.
Edition: 2nd ed.
ISBN: 9780816078769
0816078769
Call Number: 953.8 WYNBRANDT
Characteristics: xix, 364 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Islamic Empire -- History.
Islamic Empire -- History -- 750-1258.
Islamic Empire -- History -- 661-750.
Islamic Empire -- History -- 622-661.
Arabian Peninsula -- History -- To 622.
Saudi Arabia.
Hejaz (Saudi Arabia)
Hejaz (Saudi Arabia) -- History.
Saudi Arabia -- Politics and government.
Saudi Arabia -- Kings and rulers.
Saudi Arabia -- History.

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