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Rulers of Mecca Hardcover – 1951

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Saudi Arabia rulers (prior 1950) 23 Oct. 2009
By William Garrison Jr. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
(From another's review): ChaptersI. Founding of Mecca; II. Early Rulers, and the Prophet Muhammad; III. Rulers From the 8th to 12th Century; IV. Last Days of the Emir Mikhthar and the Rule of Qitada, of His Sons and Grandsons (A.D. 1185-1254); V. Muhammad Abu Nomay I and His Sons and Grandchildren (A.D. 1255-1425); VI. Barakat I, His Brothers, and His Son (A.D. 1425-98); VII. Barakat II (A.D. 1495-1524); VIII. Muhammad Abu Nomay II, His Sons, Grandsons, and Great-Grandsons (A. D. 1524-1632); IX. Zaid Ibn Muhsin, Founder of the Dhawu Zaid Clan and Others, and His Grandson (A.D. 1632-1716); X. Abdilla Ibn Said and Other Great-Grandsons of Zaid (A.D. 1716-71); XI. Sarur and His Brother Ghalib (A.D. 1771-1810); XII. Ghalib, the Wahhabis, and the Egyptian Turks (A.D. 1810-13); XIII. War Against the Wahhabis of Central Arabia (A.D. 1813-14); XIV. War Against the Wahhabis of Central Arabia (A.D. 1814-40); XV. Muhammad Ibn Aun and His Rival of the Dhawu Zaid Clan, Abdul Muttalib Ibn Ghalib (A.D. 1840-81); XVI. Aun-Al-Rafiq, Ali, King Hussain, and King - All of the Hijaz (A.D. 1882-1925); Glossary; Appendix:; I. A Note On the Ottoman Imperial - Archives; II. A Note On Some Astronomical Phenomena Seen In Arabia; III. The Emirs of Mecca From the Emir Qitada Onward; IV. A Note On Some of the Gods In and Round Mecca Before Islam. Gerald de Gaury MC (1897 - 1984) was a British military officer, Arabist, explorer, historian and diplomat. He was the British Political Agent in Kuwait in the 1930s. He organized and took part in the official visit of Sir Andrew Ryan to Riyadh in November 1935, to present Ibn Sa'ud with the Order of the Bath. de Gaury was a fluent Arabic speaker and spent much time hunting with Ibn Sa'ud during his wartime assignment to the Nejd and Asir. In his day he was a foremost authority on the region and wrote a number of books on the region in later life. An enthusiastic and skilled photographer, de Gaury is responsible for a large proportion of the photographs of the Arabian Peninsular from this period. He was a close friend of Freya Stark and Lesley Blanch, who said of him: "He spoke beautiful Arabic, and could talk Arabic lore. Living among, and as one of, the royal household in Arabia, he knew a great deal and could tell you marvellous legends."
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Covering it all 3 Jun. 2001
By George Lashkhi - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The given book is certainly interesting, and one can get a general view of what were those "rulers of Mecca", where they came from and so on. But for those interested in some certain period of Mecca's life the book offers only small bits of information, for it's aim is a bit vague, and it covers just too big a piece of time to give certain details, which, no doubt, are of interest. So, the book may serve as a good starting point to study the history of Hijaz, yet no more, and after reading it (if interested) one has to search further for more to satisfy his appetite.
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