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On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines – and Future by Karen Elliott House

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From the Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter who has spent the last thirty years writing approximately Saudi Arabia—as diplomatic correspondent, overseas editor, and then publisher of The Wall street journal—crucial and timely guide that explores all sides of life in this shrouded Kingdom: its tribal prior, its sophisticated provide, its precarious future.

thru observation, anecdote, intensive interviews, and research Karen Elliot house navigates the maze during which Saudi citizens in finding themselves trapped and divulges the mysterious country that may be the world’s largest exporter of oil, critical to global balance, and a source of Islamic terrorists.

In her probing and sharp-eyed portrait, we see Saudi Arabia, probably the most last absolute monarchies on the earth, considered to be the overall bulwark against revolution within the area, as threatened via more than one fissures and forces, its levers of power controlled via a handful of aged Al Saud princes with a standard age of seventy seven years and a longer circle of relatives of some 7,000 princes. but a minimum of 60 % of the increasingly more restive populatiat they rule is below the age of 20.

The creator writes that oil-rich Saudi Arabia has develop into a rundown welfare state. the public can pay no taxes; will get free training and health care; and gets subsidized water, electrical energy, and effort (a gallon of gas is inexpensive within the Kingdom than a bottle of water), with its petrodollars shopping for much less and no more loyalty. house makes clear that the royal circle of relatives also makes use of Islam’s requirement of obedience to Allah—and via extension to earthly rulers—to perpetuate Al Saud rule.

at the back of the Saudi facade of order and obedience, as of late’s Saudi early life, frustrated via social conformity, are achieving out to each other and to a wider international beyond their cloistered united states. a few five0 % of Saudi early life is on the web; five.1 million Saudis are on Faceguide.

to write down this guide, the creator interviewed most of the key contributors of the very personal royal circle of relatives. She writes approximately King Abdullah’s modest efforts to relax one of the kingdom’s so much oppressive social restrictions; girls at the moment are allowed to obtain photo identification cards, finally giving them an identity unbiased from their male guardians, and are newly in a position to check in their own companies however are still forbidden to pressure and are barred from so much jobs.

With peculiar get admission to to Saudis—from key spiritual chiefs and dissident imams to ladies at college and impoverished widows, from government officials and political dissidents to young a success Saudis and those that selected the trail of terrorism—house argues that almost all Saudis are not looking for democracy however are seeking change on the other hand; they would like a government that provides fundamental services with out subjecting citizens to the indignity of begging princes for handouts; a government much less corrupt and extra clear in the way it spends loads of billions of annual oil earnings; a kingdom ruled via law, no longer royal whim.

In house’s evaluate of Saudi Arabia’s future, she compares the country as of late to the Soviet Union sooner than Mikhail Gorbachev arrived with reform policies that proved too little too past due after a long time of stagcountry below one elderly and infirm Soviet chief after any other. She discusses what the following generation of royal princes may convey and the selections the dominion faces: endured financial and social stultification with rising possibility of inbalance, or an opening of society to particular person initiative and undertaking with the chance that this, too, belowmines the Al Saud grasp on power.

A riveting guide—knowledgeable, creatoritative, illuminating—a couple of united states that might neatly be at the verge of collapse, and an in-depth examicountry of what all this portends for Saudi Arabia’s future, and for our own.

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e-book details

author: Karen Elliott Hous..Publisher: KnopfBinding: HardcoverLanguage: EnglishPages: 320

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