By J. Kechichian
The balance of the dominion of Saudi Arabia continues to be severe to Western safety and fiscal pursuits. this important examine specializes in new release switch and identifies people with maximum management power; examines their political, social, and non secular views.
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In fact, Abdul Aziz’s descendants have priority, since his heirs have almost always replaced his brother’s progeny in various govern- The Current Generation 33 ment positions. The reverse is almost never true. For example, in 1971, Khalid bin Faysal bin Abdul Aziz replaced Fahd bin Saad bin Abdul Rahman as governor of Asir Province. More recently, Abdul Illah bin Abdul Aziz replaced Fahd bin Abdallah bin Abdul Rahman as governor of Qasim Province. 31 It is in this regard that the political significance of this group of princes is noteworthy, as they represent both a pool of potential supporters outside the inner circle and a potential challenge to princes of the inner circle.
With the collapse of family order, several rivals sought the support of Egypt against their brothers, clearly abandoning the fundamental consensus principle that had seen them through difficult times. This too was not lost on Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud. By August 1824, the Al Saud power base was restored when Turki bin Abdallah (a grandson of Muhammad bin Saud and uncle of the beheaded Abdallah bin Saud bin Abdul Aziz) returned to Riyadh, captured it, and claimed it as a new capital. He appointed Mishari bin Nasir (from the Introduction 17 collateral Mishari branch) as governor of Riyadh.
For the most part, their political importance stems directly from alliances and intermarriages with Abdul Aziz and his descendants. This can be seen in the difference between the Al Farhan and Al Thunayan branches. 35 By contrast, no members of the Farhan branch presently occupy political office, although some members may be serving in the armed forces. Unlike the Thunayan, who have been somewhat influential, the Al Turki branch—descendants of another brother of Abdul Aziz’s grandfather, Faysal bin Turki—has seen its influence erode.