The Kingdom Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 1 Aug 1997
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I probably knew as much as the average joe about this somewhat inward looking country before reading this book, I was expecting to be somewhat shocked especially about the more extreme forms of Sharia law and the codes of morality laid down by the religous leaders who still have tremendous power and sway in The Kingdom. I was shocked but again the book does not preach, hey, this the way things are! Not a country to be born female or poor or worse - both - in my humble opinion.
If you are like me and have very little knowledge about the social, religious, political and moral make-up of devout Muslim countries but do have the wish to find out more, in an intelligent and forthright manner then I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
Five star reading.
A full 40% of the book relates to events prior to the actual proclamation of the Kingdom in 1932. This portion covers the ancient political alliance of the Al-Saud's with the conservative preacher, Abdul Wahab, and his family. Also, Ibrahim Pasha's 1819 destruction of Diriyah, the Saud's home village, for defying the sultan-caliph in Constantinople. But the main thrust of this section is the exile, and return of the Al Saud family in the late 1800's, culminating in the capture of the fort in Riyadh from the Al Rashed clan in January, 1902. Thereafter is a 25 year consolidation of power for the Al Saud's over most of "Al Jazeera," the peninsula. The first significant conflict was at Dilam, when Abdul Aziz only had enough ammunition for one mighty fusillade. After taking Al Hasa in 1913, he made a fateful alliance with the Ikhwan, "the Brotherhood," of fanatical conservatives who were indomitable in battle.Read more ›
I've got it on time as described with out any problems , recommended it .
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