The Saudi Royal Family (Modern World Leaders)

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The House of Saud had humble beginnings as a family of nomads living in Arabia. But when a new form of the Islamic religion, Wahhabism, influenced the household, they began a quest to unite all of Arabia under this faith. Wars were waged for more than a century until the Al Saud vision finally was realized under King Abdul Aziz, the first king of modern-day Saudi Arabia.

Now the international oil trade has made Saudi Arabia one of the richest countries in the world, and the Saudi royal family finds itself caught in the balance between traditional Islamic faith and the appeal of wealth and Western-style ways. In addition, evidence points to Saudi involvement in the September 11th attacks on the United States. Combining new information on current events with important historical context, The Saudi Royal Family will spark debate on what lies ahead for one of the richest families in the world.

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Jennifer Bond Reed has sold more than 100 stories and articles to children's magazines. She is the editor of the e-magazine Wee Ones and an instructor for the Institute of Children's Literature. She also writes picture-book stories for the Web site StoryPlus.com and frequently gives talks and interviews on writing for children and the children's book and magazine industry. She lives in Maryland.

Introduction by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., Albert Schweitzer Professor of Humanities, City University of New York; winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History and for Biography.

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Reviewed with Colleen Madonna Flood Williams' Yasir Arafat.

Gr. 5-8. These two titles in the Major World Leaders series examine rulers in the Islamic world. Arafat focuses on the role of the PLO chief as a symbol for his people. "Mr. Palestine" is portrayed as a confident, able leader with a tragic flaw: unwillingness to alienate his constituents has made him a party to terror and brought corruption to the Palestinian government. The inclusion of a 13-page chunk of Arafat's historic 1994 address to the UN will fatigue even perseverant readers, but otherwise, Williams provides a good introduction to the controversies surrounding the man. The Saudi Royal Family follows the rise of the Saud family and its radical Wahabist interpretation of Islam in the early-twentieth century and then introduces the various kings who have followed. There are a few typos and one inexcusably stereotypical comment ("Being a Muslim, he did not care for Jews"), but the book is admirably balanced, even as it explores the paradoxes inherent within the ostentatious and indulgent royal family's puritanical religious beliefs. Both books are illustrated with color and sepia-tone photographs. Extensive chronologies and bibliographies further the text. John Green
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