Politics and Society in Saudi Arabia: The Crucial Years of Development, 1960-1982
The Crucial Years of Development, 1960-1982
Grounding odd phenomena within a clear political and social history, this volume translates the complex dynamics of a major Middle Eastern power into an understandable narrative. Sarah Yizraeli focuses on a rarely studied group: the Saudi royal family. She describes the family's key players and their decision-making processes, which have informed for decades the unique character of the country's rule. The royal family made no secret of their intentions. They laid out their ruling strategy in a document known as the "Ten Point Programme," delivered in a 1962 speech by Crown Prince Faysal. In practice, this strategy placed severe restrictions on social change and the kind of political reforms that might have helped Saudi Arabia confront many of the problems it faces today, particularly in the educational sector. Whether Saudi Arabia can modernize without major social and religious upset remains to be seen. The research in this book tracks several key avenues that the regime may follow and the possible response of its inscrutable elite.
Sarah Yizraeli is senior research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Tel Aviv University. She is the author of The Remaking of Saudi Arabia: The Struggle Between King Sa'ud and Crown Prince Faysal, 1953--1962.