The History of Saudi Arabia, 2nd Edition

  • Wayne H. Bowen
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  • ISBN-10: 1610698770
  • ISBN-13: 9781610698771
  • DDC: 953.8
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 208 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released February 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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With its huge oil reserves and notoriety regarding human rights issues, Saudi Arabia has long been a country in the global spotlight. This book traces the long history of this desert region, from the times before the creation of Saudi Arabia, to the political activities of the modern Saudi state, to recent developments in Arab and Muslim culture, enabling readers to grasp the country's key importance in 21st-century global politics. Educator and author Wayne H. Bowen provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of Saudi Arabia's history that makes clear this nation's political and economic significance as well as its vital role in the history and development of Islam. The second edition includes the most notable events from the past 10 years, such as King Abdullah's economic reforms after the 2011 Arab Spring protests and the passing of a law allowing women to vote. Organized chronologically, the revised edition contains updated appendices, an expanded bibliography featuring electronic resources, and new photographs and maps.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Advisory Board.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Series Foreword.
Timeline of Historical Events.
1: Introduction: Saudi Arabia Today.
2: Arabia Before Muhammad (to A.D. 570).
3: The Prophet Muhammad and the Arabs (A.D. 570–700).
4: Arabia and the Muslim Empires (700–1700).
5: The House of Saud (1700–1902).
6: The Creation of Saudi Arabia (1902–1932).
7: The Kingdom of Ibn Saud (1932–1973).
8: Saudi Arabia in the Modern World (1973–2001).
9: The Iron Domino (2001–2014).
Notable People in the History of Saudi Arabia.
Annotated Bibliography.
About the Author.
Other Backmatter.