Saudi Arabia.docx

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Department
International Affairs
Course
INTA 2XXX
Professor
Murat
Semester
Spring

Description
Saudi Arabia Geography - Rub Al-Khali th - 13 largest nation in the world - Huge temperature extremes - Harsh, dry climate Population - Saudis - Capital: Riyadh - Population: 26,535,504 th - 5 in the world in obesity rate - 90% Arab History - Major ancient trade center - Birthplace of Islam o Home to Mecca and Medina - Islamic Empire broke up into smaller Muslim kingdoms in the 17 century st th - 1 Saudi State in 18 Century o Taken over by Ottoman army nd - 2 Saudi State 1824 o Ottoman takeover - King Abdulaziz helped modernize the nation Government - Monarchy o 13 provinces with head governor and deputy governor o Governed by Islamic Law o Basic Law (Constitution) - 1992 - King and Prime Minister: King Abdallah bin Abd al-Aziz Saud (August, 2005) - Prince Salaman is the crown prince - Monarch appoints a council of ministers
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