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Iffat Al Thunayan: An Arabian Queen

Kechichian, Joseph A.

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ISBN 10: 1845196856 / ISBN 13: 9781845196851
Published by Sussex Acedemic Press, Brighton, Chicago, Toronto, 2015
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2015 New Book, New Jacket, no price listed, First Printing 2,4,6,8,10,9,7,5,3,1 333 clean tight unmarked unread pages, 16 full pages of color and b/w photos with descriptions in one middle section, full black boards with gilt embossed lettering on the front cover and spine, jacket is gold with black lettering on the front and spine, a blue Arabian symbol on the front jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 004729

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Title: Iffat Al Thunayan: An Arabian Queen

Publisher: Sussex Acedemic Press, Brighton, Chicago, Toronto

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Edition: 1st Edition

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Iffat Al Thunayan, spouse of the late King Faysal bin 'Abdul 'Aziz Al Sa'ud (r. 1964-1975), was a pillar of the ruling Al Sa'ud family. Born and raised in Istanbul to an uprooted Sa'udi family, she returned to the Kingdom in 1932, a few months before the founder ruler, 'Abdul 'Aziz bin 'Abdul Rahman, reinstituted the monarchy. 'Iffat used her influence to infiltrate many progressive ideas into the Kingdom, including significant strides in education for both boys and girls as well as major advances in health care. An astute observer and a doer par excellence, Queen 'Iffat left her mark on the contemporary history of the Al Sa'ud, as she protected and empowered her kin. She raised a formidable family, listened carefully, guided conversations as necessary, spoke with moderation, recommended policies to her husband and, after the latter was assassinated, to her brothers-in-law who succeeded him. A politically conscious spouse, Queen 'Iffat played the leading role in Sa'udi female society, attended many state functions, and received female state guests. She traveled extensively, especially in Europe and the United States, supported myriad charities, and cajoled many to invest in the Kingdom. Universally respected, many people sought her advice for she shared her ambitions and ideas to benefit the entire country. Based on multiple interviews conducted with members of the al-Faysal family, friends, and acquaintances of the late Queen, Joseph A. Kechichian offers the first political biography of a Sa'udi monarch's spouse. This work is an important resource for social scientists and political analysts, and of interest to all who wish to learn about Arab women in general, and Sa'udi women in particular.

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Joseph A. Kéchichian is the author of 10 books, including Faysal: Saudi Arabia’s King for All Seasons, Legal and Political Reforms in Saudi Arabia, Power and Succession in Arab Monarchies, and Succession in Saudi Arabia.

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