This book is about the socio-political dynamics in modern Saudi Arabia both in European languages and Arabic. It discusses the changes that the country, society, educational system, government, politics of Saudi Arabia underwent due to modernisation.
Table of Contents
Part I: Ruling Class and Elites in Saudi Arabia 1. The Consolidation of the Ruling Class in Saudi Arabia 2. ‘The Book and the Sword’ — The Ulama and the Sauds 3. Modern Education and the Rise of New Elites in Saudi Arabia Part II: Modernisation and Struggle for Political Reform 4. The Reign of Saud (1953—64): Struggle for Power and Nationalism 5. The Reign of Faysal (1964—75): New Elites, Oil and Rapid Development 6. Power Struggle, Modernisation and Reaction, 1975—80 7. The Zenith of the New Elites’ Power: A False Dawn (1979—83) 8. The Reign of King Fahd (1982—): Economic Crisis and Opposition 9. Conclusions