This massive compilation provides a complete picture of Saudi Arabia with over 500 pages of up-to-date information, featuring professional analysis and background data about the nation and its leadership. There is coverage of the government, military, human and religious rights, terrorism, oil and energy resources, exports and business information, statistics on all facets of Saudi Arabian life, State Department travel related information, and much more. Extensive histories put the current protest situation in the Middle East into perspective. There is material from many agencies of the American government, including the experts at the Federal Research Division. Saudi Arabia country background data provides data on key parameters, people and history, industry, natural resources, U.S.- Saudi Arabia relations, travel and business information, and more. The Library of Congress Federal Research Division Country Study is an exceptional review of Saudi Arabia and its history. Books in the Country Studies series describe and analyze "political, economic, social, and national security systems and institutions, and examin[e] the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors. The authors seek to provide a basic understanding of the observed society, striving for a dynamic rather than a static portrayal. Particular attention is devoted to the people who make up the society, their origins, dominant beliefs and values." Contents include: The Setting of Saudi Arabia, Pre-Islamic Period, The Early Islamic Period, 622-700, The Middle Ages, 700-1500, The Saud Family and Wahhabi Islam, 1500-1850, 19th Century Arabia, The Rise of Abd Al Aziz, 1890-1926, Nation Building: The Rule of Abd Al Aziz, 1926-1953, The Reigns of Saud and Faisal, 1953-75, The Reign of Khalid, 1975-82, The Reign of Fhad, 1982-, The Society and Its Environment, Geography, External Boundaries, Topography and Natural Regions, The Hijaz and Asir, Najd, Northern Arabia, Eastern Arabia, The Great Deserts, Water Resources, Climate, The Environment and the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Population, Saudis and Non-Saudis, Diversity and Social Stratification, Cultural Homogeneity and Values, Structure of Tribal Groupings, Tribe and Monarchy, Beduin Economy in Tradition and Change, Religion, Early Development of Islam, Tenets of Sunni Islam, Wahhabi Theology, Shia, Islamism in Saudi Arabia, Pilgrimage, Education, Healthy, Urbanization and Development, Economic Policy and the Structure of the Economy, Fundamental Factors that Transformed the Economy, Economic Policy Making, Economic Policy During the Oil Boom, 1974-85, Economic Policy after the 1986 Oil-Price Crash, Economic Policy in the 1990s, Five-Year Plans, Changing Structure of the Economy, Labor, Oil and Gas Industry, Brief History, Oil Industry in the 1990s, Structure and Organization, Crude Oil Production and Pricing Policy, Crude Oil Reserves and Production Capacity, Gas Reserves and Production Capacity, Crude Oil Production and Exports, Petroleum Refining Capacity, Production, Consumption, and Exports, Master Gas System, Upstream Development Plans, Downstream Development Plans, Hydrocarbon Sector Transport and Storage Facilities, Non-Oil Industrial Sector, Utilities, Mining and Quarrying, Manufacturing, Transportatoin and Telecommunications, Transportation, Telecommunications, Agriculture, Traditional Agriculture and Pastoral Nomadism, Modern Agriculture, Money and Banking, External Trade and Finance, Foreign Trade, Current Account, Capital Account, Foreign Assets and Liabilities, more. * This is a privately authored news service and educational publication of Progressive Management.