Saudi Arabia

al-Mamlaka Al-‘Ababiya As-Sa‘Toiya
  • S. H. Steinberg
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Saudi Arabia is a sovereign, unitary kingdom. It was founded by Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdur-Rahman al-Faisal Al Sa’ud, G.C.B., G.C.I.E. (born about 1880; died 9 Nov. 1953), who had been proclaimed King of the Hejaz on8 Jan. 1926 and had in 1927 changed his title of Sultan of Nejd and its dependencies to that of king, thus becoming ‘King of the Hejaz and of Nejd and its Dependencies.’ On 20 May 1927 a treaty was signed at Jedda between Great Britain and Ibn Sa’ud, by which the former recognized the complete independence of the dominions of the latter. The name of the state was changed to ‘The Saudi Arabian Kingdom’ by decree of 18 Sept. 1932.


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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1961

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. H. Steinberg
    • 1
  1. 1.The Royal Historical SocietyUK

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