By L. McLoughlin
`This stirring story exhibits how the complete Saudi executive is derived from the organic seed of 1 guy; that used to be its power, yet is sure earlier than lengthy to develop into its weak spot. a great, authoritative biography...' - self sustaining on Sunday This biography is the 1st in English for 30 years. It re-examines the lifetime of a apparently overlooked yet very important determine in twentieth-century background, Ibn Saud, the founding father of the dominion of Saudi Arabia. the writer makes use of his wisdom of Arabic and of the Arabian Peninsula to fill the numerous gaps in current debts. it is a transparent account with a lot new element at the many dramatic episodes within the lifetime of Ibn Saud, from the flight of his family members from Riyadh into exile in Kuwait simply a hundred years in the past, via his bold recapture of Riyadh in 1902, the expulsion of the Turks, the seize of the Holy towns of Islam, the invention of oil and the construction of the dominion of Saudi Arabia.
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Although wounded in hand and leg Ibn Saud remained as the vigorous com- 28 Ibn Saud mander of the Saudi forces throughout weeks of confused blow and counter-blow amid the palm-groves. What seems to have been decisive in giving victory to Ibn Saud was the combination of three factors: (a) the inability of Turkish regular forces to sustain a guerrilla war; (b) the inability of the Rashidis to hold the loyalty of the Bedu and (c) the drive and determination of Ibn Saud himself. He was able to exploit the weakness of the two parties in the coalition and at the decisive moment launch his cavalry, commanded by his brother Muhammad, against the demoralised Rashidis, who fled in panic.
The rebel close to remain with Ibn Saud and became a devoted supporter of his throughout his life. In his last years Ibn Saud was to look back on the ten years following the recapture of Riyadh as the best years of his life. 25 He would recall the need for constant vigilance and instant readiness to move on receipt of news of danger or of an opportunity to be seized. It is significant that he arranged for his sons to be trained in skills vital for survival. As he said to Amin Rihani in 1922, We have to be always ready and fit.
T21 While it would be going too far to say with the Encyclopedia Britannica that by 1906 Ibn Saud was the unchallenged master of Arabia,22 he had in four years established Al Saud as a major party in the struggle for supremacy. The Rashidis had been pushed back to Hail, but there were still problems to be resolved in handling the tribes. From around 1907 the name of Feisal bin Duwish, leader of the Mutair tribe, frequently appears in Arabic accounts of the period. His ancestor of the same name had rallied to the Egyptians against the Al Saud in the early nineteenth century and now he was frequently to oppose Ibn Saud before making his peace with him and becoming one of the most prominent leaders of the Ikhwan movement which was to have its genesis in the years before the First World War.