Modernity and tradition : the Saudi equation /

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Author / Creator:Farsy, Fouad, 1946-
Imprint:London ; New York : K. Paul International, 1990.
Description:xxiii, 337 p. : ill., map ; 26 cm.
Subject:Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia.
Format: Print Book
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Modernity and Tradition is an expanded, revised, and updated version of the author's Saudi Arabia: A Case Study in Development (1986). Portions of the new work, indeed, are reproduced verbatim from the earlier study. This descriptive handbook provides detailed information on virtually all aspects of the Saudi Kingdom: geographical, historical, economic, social, religious, judicial, and educational. Dedicated to King Fahd, the book is highly laudatory to those in authority. As a reference took, it provides a handy compendium of facts, photos, and charts, especially detailed on the structure of the government, on the five-year plans, and on aspects of development. Its principal weaknesses stem from inadequate analyses of internal tensions generated by the rapidity of recent change and by the complexities of foreign relations produced by Saudi policies in the larger Arab world and beyond. Those seeking deeper analytical treatment may wish to consult such standard works as William B. Quandt's Saudi Arabia in the 1980s: Foreign Policy, Security, and Oil (CH, Jul'82) and Ragaei El Mallakh's Saudi Arabia: Rush to Development (London, 1982). Recommended for libraries with Middle East collections. Upper-division undergraduates and above. -G. B. Doxsee, Ohio University

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