"Zuhur (director, Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic and Strategic Studies), an internationally recognized academic and national security expert on the Middle East, here offers excellent insights on the most relevant and studied aspects of Saudi Arabia, including its government, economy, society, and culture." - Choice "This source contains so much valuable information on a vital country of the world that it should be in libraries of every kind." - ARBAReseña del editor:
In this comprehensive introduction to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, author Sherifa Zuhur reveals the fascinating people, culture, politics, and economic development of the largest Arab country of the Middle East. The book provides a detailed summary of Arabian history from the earliest settlements on the Arabian peninsula to the present day, with a focus on the rise of the current Saudi regime. It provides essential background on the oil politics of the Kingdom dating back to the discovery of oil in the late 1930s, an account of Saudi Arabia's subsequent economic advancement, and explanations of emerging societal issues such as labor importation and the changing roles of women. Saudi Arabia also details the Kingdom's cultural and religious milieu, including its music, poetry, architecture, legal system, and prominence in the Islamic world.
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