This book derives from papers presented at a conference convened in Santa Barbara in 1978, focusing on King Faisal and his era. It describes how Saudi Arabia became an important actor in international politics, the end of bedouin-style Arabia, social reformation and women's enlarged role in Arabia.
Introduction Part I: The Creation of the Saudi State 1. The Saudi Monarchy 2. Saudi Arabia in the Context of Political Development Theory 3. King Faisal and the First Five Year Development Plan Part II: The Modernisation Process 5. The Modernisation of the Saudi Bureaucracy 6. Development of the Eastern Province: A Case Study of 7. The US—Saudi Arabian Joint Commission on Economic Co-operation Part III: Social Change and Traditional Islam 8. The Practice of Law in Saudi Arabia 9. Saudi Mass Media and Society in the Faisal Era 10. The Changing Role Part IV: The Islamic Foundations of Saudi Foreign Policy 11. King Faisal's World View 12. King Faisal and Pan-Islamism 13. Saudi Oil Policy During King