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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A country occupying most of the Arabian Peninsula. Inhabited since ancient times by nomadic Semitic tribes, the region was consolidated under Muhammed, who established a theocratic state at Medina and gained control of all Arabia by 630. After the caliphate was moved from Medina to Damascus in 661, the peninsula remained fragmented until most of it was united in the 18th century under the Saud family, who adopted the Wahhabi form of Islam. Crushed by Egyptian and Ottoman opposition in the 19th century, Saudi forces reconquered the peninsula in the early 20th century. The unified kingdom of Saudi Arabia was created in 1932 as an absolute monarchy under Wahhabi law. Oil was discovered in 1932 and soon became the mainstay of the economy. Riyadh is the capital and the largest city. Population: 27,600,000.

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  • proper n. Country in the Middle East, named after the Saud family. Official name: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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  • n. an absolute monarchy occupying most of the Arabian Peninsula in southwest Asia; vast oil reserves dominate the economy

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  • Does the United States need lecturing about Saudi Arabia from the Russian president?

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  • Anyone with any doubt that America's friendships have changed need only look at the photograph of Obama bowing before the robed medieval autocrat running the regime called Saudi Arabia (you will have to because the major dailies, news magazines and broadcast networks refuse to show this photo to you).

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  • Concluding and quoting now, "Saudi Arabia" -- from the 9/11 report -- "Saudi Arabia has been a problematic ally in combating Islamic extremism."

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