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The Saudi Enigma: A History
Despite speculation about Saudi interests and loyalties that have been directed at the country since 9/11, Arabia remains the key US ally in the Arab Middle East. Ménoret debunks the facile notions about Saudi society, and focuses our attention on present political and economic realities that cannot be reduced to essentialist "tribalist" ideas. Ménoret illustrates the emer...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 20th 2005 by Zed Books
(first published 2005)
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well, the book talks about a historical background of Saudi and how that effects the political, social and economic structure. it claims to give a comprehensive explanation on the Saudi current situation. the most interesting part that the author always blame those analysts who determine the whole Saudi issues in a religious point of view(extremism, intolerance etc.) instead of studying the social context, tribal concepts. anyway, I don't think he decipher this enigma but it's a good try :) .. I...more