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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

The second edition has been updated and expanded to reflect current events, most notably the attacks of September 11th. As before, there are maps, a chronology, and appendixes listing members of the royal family holding positions in the government, to which have been added statistical tables and a topical bibliography, making this a useful handbook for detailed information about the Saudi Kingdom. The entries cover a wide range of topics including geographical and administrative areas, foreign relations, tribal groups, and the oil industry. Most are biographical and include government officials, businessmen, and religious leaders. Arabic names and terms are transliterated according to the Library of Congress system. This provides consistency but often deviates from common Anglo-American usage; one finds not Mecca but Makkah, not al-Qaeda but al-Qa'idah, not Koran but Qur'an. Some cross-references are provided for nonspecialists. The work attempts to cover the entire history of Arabia, but is most complete for the period since the establishment of the Saudi state. It will be most useful for experts or advanced students with some knowledge of Arabic, and should be on the bookshelf of consular officials or those conducting business in Saudi Arabia. Most college libraries will find little need to acquire the second edition, except for schools with programs in international relations, international business, or Middle Eastern studies. ^BSumming Up: Optional. Upper-division undergraduates and higher. S. M. Estelle-Holmer Yale Univeristy Divinity School