Zaid the Great and the Consolidation of Abu Dhabi

  • Andrea B. Rugh


This chapter describes the third Nahyan period dominated by Zaid Khalifa (known as Zaid I or Zaid the Great).1 By the end of his reign he had consolidated Nahyan rule over most of the territory now comprising Abu Dhabi, or roughly 85 percent of the UAE. This chapter looks at his responses to political challenges and shows how he used marriage to link himself with important allies. By this time there is sufficient information to see the important, albeit backstage, influence women exerted on politics. After Zaid’s death, his sons began a series of bloody conflicts to succeed him. One son’s lineage, the Bani Saqr, became outcasts as a result.


Saudi Arabia Birth Order Political Culture Political Agent Ruling Family 
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