This book focuses on the physical delineation of Saudi Arabia as a nation-state: the purposes and actual decision making of the mandate powers in boundary delimitation, the effect of fixed borders on indigenous populations, and the response of Arab leaders to the new political environment.
Table of Contents
Part I: Internal Factors Influencing the Evolution of Political Identity in Central Arabia 1. Shifting Balances: Interaction of Social and Environmental Factors 2. Al Wahhab and Al Saud: ‘Church’ and ‘State’ 3. The Ikhwan: Badu Answer the Wahhabi ‘Call to Unity’ 4. The Al Saud and Policies of Islamic and Non Islamic Taxation Part II: External Factors Influencing Attitudes to Politics, Political Structures and Authority During the Post- World War I Mandate Period 5. Phenomena of ‘Nation-state’ and ‘Border’: Transition from Ottoman Territories to Modern Middle East State System 6. Expansion of Al Saud Authority 1918-1926: Territorial Conflicts and Border Delineation 7. The Northern Frontier 1926-1929: Britain and the Ikhwan Challenge Saudi Authority 8. The Ikhwan Rebellion 1929: Suppression of Internal Dissent Coincides with the Acceptance of Fixed Borders