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The Making of Saudi Arabia, 1916-1936 : From Chieftancy to Monarchical State - Joseph Kostiner

The Making of Saudi Arabia, 1916-1936

From Chieftancy to Monarchical State

Hardcover Published: 26th March 2001
ISBN: 9780195074406
Number Of Pages: 272

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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 the Arabian 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 states in 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 the Saudi "elite" are analyzed.

Industry Reviews

"This solidly researched monograph is an excellent account of how Saudi Arabia came into existence as a state...This is a densely written, rewarding book for scholars and those with a keen interest in the early years of Saudi Arabia."--Foreign Affairs "Kostiner's book serves well as a reference, and as a source of many interesting questions about the relationship between ideology and state building, between peripheral interests and centralized institutions, and between indigenous interests and British colonial policies."--The Historian "This concise and extemely well-researched study provides one of the most lucid historical accounts of the evolution of modern Saudi Arabia to appear in recent years...It is must reading for anyone truly interested in understanding the antecedents of present-day Saudi Arabia."--Middle East Journal "Balances well-written narrative with careful analysis....His explanations of Ibn Saud's conquest of Husayn's Hijaz, incorporation of the province of Asir a few years later, and his victory over the Yemeni are clear and concise. Equally compelling is the author's treatment of Saudi relations with neighboring Arab states and with the British."--Choice "Kostiner's manuscript is a significant contribution to the field of historical scholarship on Saudi Arabia. I know of no other book on this period of Saudi Arabia that is as detailed as Kostiner's. His scholarship is exemplary. This includes research, analysis, interpretation of an extraordinarily broad range of materials, balance in presentation and good critical judgments where appropriate. It is also lucidly written. It will be a real conrtibution to scholarship on Saudi Arabia."--Hermann Frederick Eilts, Boston University "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 interested in 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

Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 3
War and Expansion, 1916-1925: Tribes, Rulers, and the Britishp. 13
The Two Arenas of Conflictp. 13
The Significance of Ha'ilp. 18
On War and Proselytism: Some Further Remarks on Khurma, Turaba, and Ibn Sa'ud's Forcesp. 35
Musical Chairs: Ibn Sa'ud and Rival Rulersp. 42
The Subvention Policyp. 55
The "Crawling" Into the Hijazp. 62
The Struggle Over Internal Consolidation, 1917-1930p. 71
Old and New Political Forces: The 'ulama', the umara', and the Ikhwanp. 72
At the Northeastern Frontier, 1921-1926p. 79
Najd and the Hijaz, 1925-1927p. 100
Challenge and Collision, 1927-1930p. 117
The Saudi State and Its Neighbors, 1930-1936p. 141
In the Lions' Denp. 141
The Fortunes of a Conspiracyp. 158
The Mode of Acquiescencep. 173
Conclusionp. 185
The Main Tribes and Tribal Leaders Involved in the Events Covered in This Bookp. 193
The House of Sa'ud Until Ibn Sa'ud's Rulep. 197
Rulers in Neighboring States During the Period Covered in This Bookp. 199
Maps: Major Settlements, Principal Tribes, and Frontier Zonesp. 201
Notesp. 207
Bibliographyp. 247
Indexp. 257
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ISBN: 9780195074406
ISBN-10: 0195074408
Series: Studies in Middle Eastern History (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 26th March 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 16.05  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.61