© 1998

Saudi Arabia

The Shape of a Client Feudalism

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. The Feudal Frame

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Geoff Simons
      Pages 3-68
  3. The History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Geoff Simons
      Pages 71-110
    3. Geoff Simons
      Pages 111-143
    4. Geoff Simons
      Pages 144-184
    5. Geoff Simons
      Pages 185-234
  4. The Modern Client

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Geoff Simons
      Pages 237-279
    3. Geoff Simons
      Pages 280-335
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 336-415

About this book


Simons describes the current human-rights situation in Saudi Arabia with reference to corruption, the treatment of dissidents, the penal system, the suppression of women, slavery and other aspects. A detailed history, from pre-Islamic times to the present, is provided, with attention to the influence of Mohammed, the Saudi ascendancy, the role of the West, the discovery of oil and the wars in the region. Finally attention is given to the various (economic/political/religious) problems that today face the Saudi regime and to the Saudi response.


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About the authors

Geoff Simons is a freelance writer and former editor.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Saudi Arabia
  • Book Subtitle The Shape of a Client Feudalism
  • Authors Geoff Simons
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1998
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-71126-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-26728-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-333-99467-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 415
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Asian History
    Social History
    Human Rights
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'...excoriating account of the corrpution of the House of Saud, and the West's complicity in its fortunes. Few authors have catalogued the vicissitudes of Arabian politics so sharply and in such detail. Dozens of maps, tables, chronologies and cross-references make this book a wonderful resource, as well as a riveting read...timely and compelling...outstanding analysis.' - Lawrence Joffe, The Independent