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On Saudi Arabia

Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines--and Future

House, Karen Elliot

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
On Saudi Arabia
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Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307272164
0307272168
Branch Call Number: 953.8 H
Characteristics: x, 308 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.

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Jul 18, 2013
  • SEBoiko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One who beleives in God sees this life is short and he must live for the next life. Some others think this is the only life so they are corrupt and greedy.

Jul 18, 2013
  • SEBoiko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Draw the sword in their face and they will obey: sheath the sword and they will ask for more pay.

Jul 18, 2013
  • SEBoiko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Knowing when to yeild and when to fight is a survival instinct the founding ruler perfected - and passed to his sons.

Apr 05, 2013
  • SEBoiko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In oil-rich Saudi Arabia, good education is one thing money can not buy.

Apr 05, 2013
  • SEBoiko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The whole core premise of Wahhabi Islam - that men obey Allah and women obey men.

Apr 05, 2013
  • SEBoiko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Today's Saudi Arabia thus is less a unified nation state than a collection of tribes, regions, and Islamic factions that coexist in mutual suspicion and fear.

Apr 03, 2013
  • SEBoiko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When elephants fight, we gnats get crushed.

Apr 03, 2013
  • SEBoiko rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Ask not what you can do for your country but what your country can do for you", is the mentality of most Saudi youth.

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Jan 20, 2013
  • JCS3F rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

House makes a compelling case for a stagnant Saudi Arabia, calcified into a structure totally incompatible with modern times. Nothing about the monarchy, government, or religious establishment suggests that Saudi Arabia possesses the ingenuity to progress beyond the bounty of natural resources. That said, House's conclusion equating Saudi Arabia to the Soviet Union of the 1980's is premature and under developed. Aged leadership, a centrally managed economy, and bureaucracy is not enough of a parallel to suggest a shared fate. Saudi Arabia's energy abundance isn't likely to flag anytime soon, despite House's suggestion of 'peak oil', a theory regularly contradicted by new discoveries and improved production techniques. In a country built on the concepts of subservience and defense of the status quo, the fuel of petro-dollars should be plenty sufficient to keep Al Saud in power for years to come.

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