The Making of Saudi Arabia, 1916-1936: From Chieftaincy to Monarchical State

Hardcover | September 1, 1994

byJoseph Kostiner

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The Making of Saudi Arabia focuses on the transformation of the Saudi state from a loose tribal confederation into a more organized, monarchical state, a process which evolved mainly between 1916 and 1936. The study analyzes the formation and evolution of Saudi Arabia's main state attributes:its territorial hub and borders, central government, and basic social and regional cohesion. Relying on a careful analysis of vast archival and other sources, Joseph Kostiner explains the historical dynamics of the myriad of relations among tribal groups, rulers, and British authorities in theArabian Peninsula, and the changing nature of local political and social institutions. Contributing both to historical knowledge of the Middle East and to comparative analysis on tribes and states, this book offers new information and understanding of Saudi Arabia, one of the most important statesin the Middle East. The strategies and dynamics of Saudi territorial expansion; the subsequent attempts to integrate new regions into a united kingdom; the institutionalization of Islamic and lay ruling bodies; the coexistence among nomadic and town-based populations, and the development of theSaudi "elite" are analyzed.

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The Making of Saudi Arabia focuses on the transformation of the Saudi state from a loose tribal confederation into a more organized, monarchical state, a process which evolved mainly between 1916 and 1936. The study analyzes the formation and evolution of Saudi Arabia's main state attributes:its territorial hub and borders, central go...

Joseph Kostiner is at Tel-Aviv University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.57 × 6.46 × 1.06 inPublished:September 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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"A critical assessment of the 'personality cult' approach and an evaluation of its underlying assumptions are outstnding projects for a huge generation of researchers and scholars of the country....recommended not only to historians and Middle Eastern specialists, but also to those interestedin general questions of methodology and interdisciplinary work. Kostiner has never been to Saudi Arabia..., yet he has produced a vivid account of the country and its politics, a proof of rich and historical imagination."--Middle Eastern Studies