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Title:
The complete idiot's guide to understanding Saudi Arabia
Author:
Wells, Colin.
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Publication Information:
Indianapolis, Ind. : Alpha, [2003]

©2003
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xvii, 315 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781592571130
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Summary

Some call it a friend to the U.S.; others a foe. Now get the facts on this complex and crucial nation. A detailed and comprehensive overview of this complex Middle Eastern country, this book covers Arabia's early history, the rise of the House of Saud, the discovery of Saudi oil, Islamic fundamentalism, day-to-day-life, and the country's connection to 9/11, as well as the country's future.


Author Notes

Colin Wells has written extensively on Saudi Arabia and the Middle East


Table of Contents

Part 1 Historical Backgroundp. 1
1 A Delicate Alliancep. 3
Hallowed Groundp. 4
Osama bin Laden--and How He Got That Wayp. 5
Why Were So Many of the Hijackers Saudis?p. 9
A Streak of Puritanism: The Wahhabisp. 9
Royal Extravagancep. 10
Lots of Money--Along with Some Guiltp. 10
The Amazing Tightrope Act of the Saudi Royal Familyp. 11
Saudi Arabia: The "Perfect" Strategic Dilemmap. 11
Two "Weather Systems" Combine ...p. 12
... To Form a Superstorm Powered by Money ...p. 12
... and Precipitating Terrorp. 13
Look at Saudi Arabia with Fresh Eyesp. 13
2 The Birth of Islamp. 15
Frankincense and Grrp. 16
A Tale of Two Empiresp. 19
Byzantiump. 19
Persiap. 21
The Mother of All Holy Warsp. 21
Questions About the Nature of Godp. 23
Muhammadp. 24
Escape to Medinap. 24
Return to Meccap. 26
The Triumph of Muhammadp. 26
Islam: A Vision of Societyp. 26
The Koranp. 27
The Traditions of the Prophetp. 27
The Five Pillars of Islamp. 27
Islamic Lawp. 28
3 The Arabs Shake Things Upp. 31
A Century of Arab Conquestp. 32
Early Arab Dynastiesp. 33
The "Rightly Guided" Caliphsp. 34
Shiites and Sunnisp. 35
The Umayyads Pack Up and Leavep. 35
The Abbasids Fall to Piecesp. 36
The Golden Age of Islamic Civilizationp. 36
It's All Greek to Mep. 36
Kings and Thingsp. 37
The Turks Arrivep. 38
The Seljuksp. 39
The Ottomansp. 40
The Ottomans Lose Their Mojop. 42
4 The Rise(s) of the House of Saudp. 45
The Emir Takes a Wifep. 46
The Ottoman Empire Strikes Backp. 48
Return of the Saud-ip. 50
Exile in Kuwaitp. 50
Ibn Saud Steps Up to the Platep. 50
The Capture of Riyadhp. 51
Playing Politics with the Britishp. 51
Hashing Things Out with the Hashemitesp. 53
Getting Tough with the Wahhabisp. 56
Money Troublesp. 57
5 Drilling for Dollarsp. 59
The Discovery of Oil in Saudi Arabiap. 60
A Brief History of Oilp. 60
The Americans Stake Their Claimp. 62
Damman No. 7 Goes Down in Historyp. 63
The War Yearsp. 64
War Intervenesp. 64
Cozying Up to Uncle Samp. 64
Pay Dirt, Sort Ofp. 65
Ironing Out the Detailsp. 67
A Brief Digression: Israelp. 68
Too Many Promisesp. 68
Israel's War for Independencep. 69
The Palestiniansp. 70
The Passing of a Kingp. 71
6 Saudi Arabia Takes the Driver's Seatp. 73
Saud's Reign of Errorp. 74
Faisal Straightens Things Outp. 75
Balancing the Royal Checkbookp. 75
You're Out!p. 75
Faisal's Reign: Building the Oil Statep. 76
Civil War in Yemenp. 76
Aramco Goes Saudip. 77
The Arab Oil Embargo: A Previewp. 78
Faisal's Approach to Modernizationp. 79
Infrastructure at Lastp. 80
Khalid, Fahd, and Abdullah: Successors and Partnersp. 82
Khalid Carries Onp. 82
Oil Boomp. 83
Fahd and Abdullahp. 83
The Bottom of the Barrelp. 83
Part 2 Recent History: The Gulf War and Its Aftermathp. 85
7 Prelude: Oil and Global Politicsp. 87
A Brief History of Oil Revisitedp. 88
Oil and World War Ip. 88
Oil and World War IIp. 88
Oil and the Cold Warp. 89
Whose Oil Is It, Anyway?p. 90
Four Arab-Israeli Warsp. 92
Embargo!p. 94
Panic at the Pumpp. 95
The End of Plentyp. 96
Saudi Arabia and Iran: Price Rivalsp. 96
Revolution in Iranp. 97
The Iran-Iraq Warp. 98
8 The Persian Gulf Warp. 101
Brave New World Orderp. 102
The Playersp. 103
America and the Saudi Militaryp. 103
Iraq's Claims Against Kuwaitp. 105
The Invasionp. 107
The Responsep. 107
Desert Shieldp. 108
Desert Stormp. 110
A Peace Too Early?p. 111
Saddam's Waiting Gamep. 112
The Saudi Gamblep. 112
9 The Backlash (or Don't Forget the Wahhabis)p. 113
Money Troubles--Againp. 114
Picking Up the Tabp. 114
A Debt in the Familyp. 114
Legacy of Discordp. 115
A Wedge That Split the Arab Worldp. 115
Domestic Disturbancesp. 117
Moderates and Fundamentalistsp. 118
From Petitions to Bombsp. 119
Two Petitionsp. 120
Two Clergiesp. 120
Two Bombsp. 121
Praise the Lord, and Pass the Admonitionp. 122
"Legitimate Rights"p. 123
The Upshotp. 123
10 The Fundamentals of Fundamentalismp. 125
What Is Fundamentalism?p. 126
Are the Wahhabis Fundamentalists?p. 127
The Arabs' Sense of Failurep. 128
The Decline of Secular Nationalismp. 128
Islamic Fundamentalism's Three Founding Fathersp. 129
The Islamic Alternativep. 130
Fundamentalism's Appealp. 131
Let's Make a Dealp. 132
Cold War Flashback: Afghanistan in the 1980sp. 133
Osama bin Laden and the "Afghan Arabs"p. 134
Hostile Takeoverp. 134
The Saudis and Islamic Fundamentalism in the 1990sp. 135
The Last Word: "Modernization Without Secularization"?p. 136
Part 3 Who Are the Saudis? A Closer Look at Saudi Culture Todayp. 139
11 Myths and Realitiesp. 141
Geography 101: Saudi Arabia's Land and Peoplep. 142
The Hijaz and the Asirp. 143
The Central Plateaup. 144
The Hasap. 145
The Empty Quarterp. 146
Blowing Hot and Coldp. 146
Villagers and Nomadsp. 147
The Bedouinp. 147
The Mystery of the Desertp. 150
Points of Viewp. 150
How the Saudis See Themselvesp. 151
How Other Arabs See the Saudisp. 151
How the West Sees the Saudisp. 151
How the Saudis See the Rest of the Worldp. 152
12 Vital Statisticsp. 153
By the Numbersp. 153
Give Me the City Lifep. 154
A Monarchy? Absolutely!p. 155
Still a Monarchy? Basicallyp. 155
How to Add Minister a Countryp. 156
A "Rentier" Economyp. 157
The Oil Bizp. 158
The Nonoil Sectorp. 160
Employment and Otherwisep. 160
A Foreign Workforcep. 161
Young, Fobless, and Frustratedp. 164
13 Shame on You!Sex, Honor, and Family Valuesp. 165
Cultural Attitudesp. 166
Shame, Shame, Shamep. 166
The Honor Systemp. 167
How Westerners Think vs. How Saudis Thinkp. 168
Family, Clan, and Tribep. 170
All in the Familyp. 171
Marriagep. 171
Divorcep. 172
Childrenp. 172
Men and Womenp. 173
In Publicp. 174
At Homep. 176
14 Policing the Faithful: Islam in Saudi Arabiap. 179
State of Siegep. 180
Desert Roots?p. 180
Lustbustersp. 181
The Religious Policep. 182
Angry Young Men with Canesp. 183
Tragedy and Outragep. 183
Stirrings of Reform?p. 184
Educationp. 185
Sharia Lawp. 186
Islam and Democracyp. 188
The Official Saudi Viewp. 188
Other Viewsp. 189
Of Muhammad and Madisonp. 190
Two Faces?p. 190
15 Pilgrims' Progressp. 193
Personal Devotionsp. 194
Prayerp. 195
Charityp. 195
Fastingp. 196
A Brief History of the Hajjp. 196
Classic Accountsp. 197
The Jet Agep. 198
A Pilgrim's Talep. 199
Arrival and Purificationp. 199
The Rites in Meccap. 200
Desert Vigils and Processionsp. 201
The Days of Stoning and Feastingp. 201
Mecca and Medinap. 202
Looking After the Pilgrimsp. 203
Guardians of the Holy Placesp. 203
16 Connectionsp. 205
Doing Business in Saudi Arabiap. 206
The Importance of Being Well Connectedp. 207
Business Ethicsp. 207
Politics Without Votesp. 208
Technocrats and Royalsp. 208
No Room at the Topp. 209
National Reform Documentp. 209
The Saudi Mediap. 210
Newspapersp. 210
Booksp. 212
TV and Radiop. 212
The Internetp. 212
Decisions, Decisions, Decisionsp. 213
It's Personalp. 213
Mental Compartmentsp. 214
Two Trumpsp. 215
Part 4 Saudi Arabia in the Age of Global Terrorp. 217
17 September 11, 2001: The Saudi Connectionp. 219
Preludep. 220
Al Qaeda Declares Warp. 220
A Threat Ignoredp. 222
9/11p. 223
The Killingp. 223
The Hijackersp. 224
Anatomy of a Mass Murderp. 224
"The Europeans"p. 225
"The Saudis"p. 226
The Money Trailp. 228
Mutual Anger, Mutual Suspicionp. 230
18 Afghanistan, Iraq, and Beyond: The Continuing Threatp. 231
The U.S. Response: Three Warsp. 232
Afghanistanp. 232
Iraqp. 234
The War on Terrorp. 237
The Saudi Responsep. 238
Denial and Evasionp. 238
Crown Prince Abdullah's Peace Planp. 240
Al Qaeda Resurgent?p. 241
Al Qaeda Attacks Since 9/11p. 241
Help Wanted?p. 242
19 Blood Lines in the Sand: Inside the House of Saudp. 245
Al Saud Basicsp. 246
The Al Faisalp. 246
The Sons of Ibn Saudp. 247
The Grandsons of Ibn Saudp. 249
The Recent Turning Point: Fahd's Strokesp. 254
Scandal!p. 255
The Saud Filesp. 255
Death of a Princessp. 256
Al Yamamahp. 257
Two Oil Dynastiesp. 258
The Bandar Conduitp. 258
A Long Road to Crawfordp. 259
Recycling--and We're Not Talking Trashp. 260
20 The Immediate Future: Which Way Saudi Arabia?p. 263
New Questions, New Answersp. 264
From 9/11 to 5/12: Questioning Hatep. 264
The Pressp. 265
The Peoplep. 266
Some Likely Scenariosp. 267
The Successionp. 267
The Relationship with Americap. 268
The American Invasion of Iraqp. 270
The Last, Last Word: Democracyp. 272
Enforcing Tolerancep. 272
Reinventing Traditionp. 273
A Matter of Timep. 274
Appendixes
A FAQs About Saudi Arabiap. 275
B An Arabian Timeline from Before the Birth of Islam to the Presentp. 279
C Magazines, Websites, and Booksp. 283
D Glossaryp. 287
Indexp. 297

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