State, Society and Economy in Saudi Arabia

State, Society and Economy in Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia is one of the most important countries in the modern world. Not only does it possess some 25 per cent of the world's proven oil reserves, it also plays a crucial role in the wider Gulf region where over 50 per cent of proven reserves are located. Developments in Saudi Arabia will inevitably affect the economic well-being of the Western industrialised world, Japan and much of the Third World. At the same time, Saudi Arabia is ruled in a traditional way by an all-powerful king and royal family, and is one of the key countries of Islam, the Holy City of Mecca being within the country's boundaries. The inroad of modern Western forces into this traditional Islamic society is underlined by the fact that may key posts are filled with imported Western workers. This book, first published in 1982, containing contributions by the world's leading Middle Eastern experts, provides a comprehensive overview of important social, political and economic developments in Saudi Arabia.
The opening chapters consider the formation of the Saudi State, and the bulk of the book surveys key themes such as political opposition, the oil industry, energy policy, banking, external relations and the future direction of development.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 17.78mm | 566g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138846376
  • 9781138846371

Table of contents

1. Introduction Tim Niblock 2. The Ideological Basis: Ibn Abd al-Wahhab's Muslim Revivalism Derek Hopwood 3. The Precarious Monarchy: Britain, Abd al-Aziz ibn Saud and the Establishment of the Kingdom of Hijaz, Najd and its Dependencies, 1925-1932 Peter Sluglett and Marion Farouk-Sluglett 4. King Abd al-Aziz's Changing Relationship with the Gulf States during the 1930s Rosemarie Said Zahlan 5. Social Structure and the Development of the Saudi Arabian Political System Tim Niblock 6. Secular and Religious Opposition in Saudi Arabia James Buchan 7. A Curious and Close Liaison: Saudi Arabia's Relations with the United States Fred Halliday 8. Aspects of Saudi Arabia's elations with other Gulf States John Duke Anthony 9. Social Change in Modern Saudi Arabia Shirley Kay 10. Secularisation as a Means of Detribalisation: Some Policies of the Saudi Arabian Government Towards the Nomads Ugo Fabietti 11. The Domestic Political Economy of Development in Saudi Arabia J.S. Birks and C.A. Sinclair 12. Saudi Arabia's Oil Policy in the 1970s: Its Origins, Implementation and Implications Paul Stevens 13. The Saudi Arabian Petrochemical Industry: Its Rationale and Effectiveness H.G. Hambleton 14. The Evolution of the Saudi Banking System and its Relationship with Bahrain Rodney Wilson
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