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CultureShock! Saudi Arabia by Peter North

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‘Come O men of Riyadh, Here I am, Abdulazziz ibn Abdulrahman of the House of Saud, Your rightful ruler.’—Battle cry of Ibn Saud, Saudi Arabia’s first king, on defeating his rivals, the Al Rashid tribe at Riyadh in 1901

 

 

 

 

 

THE BEGINNINGS

According to most historians, human civilisation first started when settlements based on permanent agriculture replaced preceding hunter gatherer societies. Sometime around 3000–4000 BC, in an area around present-day Kuwait and northern Saudi Arabia, a tribe of people known as the Sumerians arose, moved ...

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