By James Wynbrandt
A massive best friend within the heart East, Saudi Arabia is a mysterious land to such a lot americans, who might comprehend it basically because the position the place Islam originated and Islamic fundamentalism is a strong strength. in recent times, the connection among the governments of the USA and Saudi Arabia has come less than expanding strain, and one of the normal public within the usa there's a desire and wish for a better figuring out of this kingdom. A language barrier and the closed nature of the Saudi Arabian society have performed little to ask or ease open inquiry to all yet knowledgeable teachers and linguists. a short heritage of Saudi Arabia redresses the inability of appropriate references to this specified and demanding kingdom and provides a balanced, knowledgeable point of view on its lengthy background. This readable and finished evaluation of the historical past of Saudi Arabia locations the political, monetary, and cultural occasions of this present day right into a wide historic context. It presents a concise but thorough account of the genesis of Saudi Arabia, from the geology of its land mass and its payment in prehistoric instances via fresh occasions that experience reminded the area of Saudi Arabia's strategic value to glob
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From the desert of the interior came dates and almonds. But some of the most valuable commodities shipped from Saba were grown in Arabia: frankincense, myrrh, and other aromatics. The Greek historian Herodotus (d. ca. ), in his Histories, Book III, wrote of this trade: “Arabia is the last inhabited land toward the south; and it is the only country which produces frankincense, myrrh, cassia, cinnamon, and gum-mastik. All these but myrrh are difficult for the Arabians to get . . for the spicebearing trees are guarded by small winged snakes of varied colour, many around each tree .
A Christian community was well established at Najran, southeast of Mecca, but in 523 it was slaughtered by Dhu Nuwas, the ruler of Himyar, in what is now Yemen. Dhu Nuwas was concerned about their threat to his power, given the rise of a Christian kingdom in Abyssinia. The presence of Christian and Jewish communities exposed the people in settlements and towns to the concept of monotheism. Both religions were represented in Mecca, and debates on religious topics among Arabs, Christians, and Jews enlivened the marketplace of Ukaz, near Mecca.
Two years later, General Pompey sent a force to attack Petra, but the city remained independent. Whether this outcome was gained through military victory or tribute payment is unclear. C. precipitated a period of chaos in Rome’s Jordanian territories, which encouraged attacks on these outposts of the empire by the Parthian rulers of Mesopotamia and Persia. The Nabataeans supported the Parthians, and after Rome defeated their allies, Nabataea was forced to pay tribute to the victors. Failure to pay led to two invasions by the Roman vassal, King Herod the Great.
A Brief History Of Saudi Arabia by James Wynbrandt