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Historical dictionary of Saudi Arabia
Peterson, John, 1947-
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Lanham, MD. : Scarecrow Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
xxxviii, 259 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Rulers in the Al Saʻud Dynasty -- The Al Saʻud relationship of cadet branches -- Prominent descendants of Imam ʻAbd al-Rahman bin Faysal -- Prominent descendants of King ʻAbd al-ʻAziz bin ʻAbd al-Rahman -- Al Hashimi Sharifs of Makkah and their descendants -- The basic law of Saudi Arabia.
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DS221 .P48 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This revised edition of the Historical Dictionary of Saudia Arabia provides essential data and guidance on the modern development of the country, as well as on its origins, traditions, and history. Recently updated to cover developments that have occurred since 1993, the entries define: o Geographic features o Leading personalities o Families and tribes o Cities and regions o Arabic words and phrases o Islamic terminology and rituals Fully cross-referenced and supplemented by maps, genealogical charts, extensive chronology, and bibliography.

Author Notes

Dr. J.E. Peterson has taught at various universities and has written Oman in the Twentieth Century, Yemen: The Search for a Modern State, Defending Arabia, and The Arab Gulf States: Steps Towards Political Participation, among other books. At present, he is completing a history of the armed forces of the Sultanate of Oman and writing a comparative study of state-building in all the states of the Arabian Peninsula.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The first of these volumes, number nine in the publisher's Historical Dictionaries of Ancient Civilizations and Historical Eras series, deals with the various cultures in the land between the Tigris and Euphrates from the prehistoric to the Islamic periods. The second, part of the Asian/Oceanic Historical Dictionaries series, deals with the Arabian Peninsula and Saudi Arabia through December 2002. Both volumes include extensive bibliographies that are organized by topic. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist

Choice Review

Readers familiar with previous volumes of this series will find no surprises here. Although the modern state of Saudi Arabia only came into being in the 20th century, the dictionary includes entries for individuals, tribes, places, and events from prehistory to the present, as well as topical entries (e.g., military and defence, foreign affairs) relating only to the modern country. Entries for persons and places include the name in Arabic script and the transliterated form (including the plural form of nouns, particularly valuable for the general reader unfamiliar with Arabic). Also included are an explanation of spelling conventions, a list of abbreviations and acronyms, maps, a chronology, genealogical charts, and a good bibliography divided by topic. Primarily for general readers and undergraduates. D. S. Straley; Ohio State University