This book emerges out of a symposium on 'state, economy and power in Saudi Arabia' in 1980. It provides different insights into aspects of Saudi Arabian politics, society and economics. The book covers the themes of the nature of the Saudi and its relationship with the international environment.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. The Ideological Basis: Ibn Abd al-Wahhab’s Muslim Revivalism 2. The Precarious Monarchy: Britain, Abd al-Aziz ibn Saud and the Establishment of the Kingdom of Hijaz, Najd and its Dependencies, 1925—1932 3. King Abd al-Aziz’s Changing Relationship with the Gulf States during the 1930s 4. Social Structure and the Development of the Saudi Arabian Political System 5. Secular and Religious Opposition in Saudi Arabia 6. A Curious and Close Liaison: Saudi Arabia’s Relations with the United States 7. Aspects of Saudi Arabia’s Relations with other Gulf States 8. Social Change in Modern Saudi Arabia 9. Sedentarisation as a Means of Detribalisation: Some Policies of the Saudi Arabian Government towards the Nomads 10. The Domestic Political Economy of Development in Saudi Arabia 11. Saudi Arabia’s Oil Policy in the 1970s — its Origins, Implementation and Implications 12. The Saudi Arabian Petrochemical Industry: Its Rationale and Effectiveness 13. The Evolution of the Saudi Banking System and its Relationship with Bahrain