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By James Wynbrandt

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An immense best friend within the heart East, Saudi Arabia is a mysterious land to such a lot american citizens, who may possibly are aware of it in basic terms because the position the place Islam originated and Islamic fundamentalism is a robust strength. lately, the connection among the governments of the us and Saudi Arabia has come less than expanding strain, and one of the basic public within the usa there's a desire and wish for a better knowing of this kingdom. A language barrier and the closed nature of the Saudi Arabian society have performed little to ask or ease open inquiry to all yet educated lecturers and linguists. a short historical past of Saudi Arabia redresses the shortcoming of compatible references to this distinctive and critical kingdom and gives a balanced, proficient point of view on its lengthy historical past. This readable and entire review of the background of Saudi Arabia locations the political, monetary, and cultural occasions of this day right into a extensive old context. It offers a concise but thorough account of the genesis of Saudi Arabia, from the geology of its land mass and its payment in prehistoric occasions via fresh occasions that experience reminded the realm of Saudi Arabia's strategic value to glob

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Bedouin life was made possible by the camel, as was Arabia’s overland trade; no other animal was capable of traversing the desert. (Courtesy of the Fine Arts Library, Harvard College Library) 17 A BRIEF HISTORY OF SAUDI ARABIA population centers, shifting the balance of power to its migratory people. Bedouin society and its code of conduct, with its penchant for raiding and blood feuds, developed. A tradition of hospitality was also part of this code. If an outsider managed to penetrate the perimeter of a Bedouin encampment and touch a tent before being intercepted, it was incumbent on the tribal leader to receive him with hospitality and guarantee his safety.

O’er the fallen of Hudhail stands screaming The hyena; see the wolf ’s teeth gleaming! Dawn will hear the flap of wings, will discover Vultures treading corpses, too gorged to hover (Nicholson 1969, 100). Poetry contests were popular in some areas of pre-Islamic Arabia, and winners of these competitions brought great honor to their tribes. Religious pilgrimages to Mecca took place even before Islam appeared. Poetry and literary contests were also staged in that city. One of the traditions of the time in Mecca, after the introduction of written Arabic, was the muallaquat, or the hangings, so known because poets and writers would hang their writings, typically eulogizing their tribe, on a wall set aside for the purpose.

This painting by an anonymous artist depicts the cave, one of Mecca’s most famous sites. (Courtesy of Norman MacDonald/Art Resource, NY) 32 THE BIRTH OF ISLAM means to read or recite, and the Quran is a recitation of the heavenly book. Muslims regard Arabic, the language of the Quran, as the language of God. The beauty and lyricism of the Quran has often been cited as proof of its divine provenance. Part of the tradition of its validity is the argument that Muhammad, said to be illiterate, could not have created the perfect Arabic of the Quran.

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