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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Saudi Arabia is a land of mystery and intrigue, with a history almost as old
as civilization itself. It also sits squarely on 25 per cent of the world's oil
reserves, which has made this once tribal and backward country into one of the
world's most wealthy and powerful players on the global scene in the second
half of the 20th century. Saudi Arabia: friend or foe to the United States?
Ally in the war on terror, or a major backer of terrorism? Since we have
learned that 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were Saudi citizens (indeed, Osama Bin
Laden is of Saudi descent, and the Bin Laden family is very prominent in Saudi
business), Saudi Arabia has been thrust into the international limelight, and
cracks in its relationship with the USA - an uneasy alliance even in the best
of times - are growing almost daily. This guide presents a comprehensive
overview of this complex and mysterious Middle Eastern country. It details
Arabia's early history, the rise of the House of Saud; how Saudi Arabia was one
of the world's poorest countries until one fateful day in 1938 when some black
gold bubbled up out of the sand and changed the course of world events forever.
The book also explores the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and covers in detail
the vital statistics, culture and day-to-day life of being a Saudi Arabian.