Arabia

Ibn Sa'oud of Arabia, His People And His Land

$60

Author:

Rihani, Ameen

Publisher:

Caravan Books

Publisher City:

New York

Year:

1983

Edition:

N.A

ISBN:

0882060570

Weight:

1100 g

Dimensions:

24*17

Reference ID:

20872

Quantity:

1

Keyword:

SAUDI ARABIA, BIOGRAPHY, ARABIAN PENINSULA, ROYAL FAMILY, YEMEN, ARAB HISTORY

xvii 370 pp; half-title, title, 1map, genealogical table, photographs, index. Hard Back binding in dust wrappers. Copy clean and in very good condition.
This Book is an impression, rather than a biography of Ibn Sa'oud, the great Arabian leader, Sultan, King and Imam of Najed who lived in the first few decades of this century. It is an account of a journey made by the author through Najd (Now Saudi Arabia after Ibn Sa'oud), the first part of which was spent in the company of Ibn Sa'oud. The latter is sketched from the author's observations at that time, although some biographical and historical information is included. Much of the book, however, in spite of the King's dominance in it, is given over to "his people and his land". as the second part of the title suggests.
Ameen Rihani's book dates from the mid-twenties, and some aspects of it are therefore inevitably dated. Had it been solely biographical it would have been superceded by subsequent biographies of Ibn Sa'oud in the early thirties. But it continued to have relevance, and still does for modern readers, for two reasons: first, it is a rare study of Arab life by a native writing in his adopted language of English; Second, it is highly enjoyable account of the sights and the people Rihani encounters on his travels, especially his pithy observations on the Arab adjusting to twentieh-century ways. 

Special Offer