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Title: Iffat al Thunayan
Sub-title: An Arabian Queen
By (author): Joseph A Kechichian
ISBN10-13: 1845196856 : 9781845196851
Illustrations: colour illus
Format: Hardback
Size: 234x156mm
Pages: 320
Weight: .820 Kg.
Published: Sussex Academic Press (UK) - December   2014
List Price: 35.00 Pounds Sterling
Availability: In Stock   Qty Available: 1287
Subjects: Biography: historical, political & military : Education : Middle East
‘Iffat Al Thunayan, spouse of the late King Faysal bin ‘Abdul ‘Aziz Al Sa‘ud (r. 1964–1975), was a pillar of the ruling Al Sa‘ud family. Born and raised in Istanbul to an uprooted Sa‘udi family, she returned to the Kingdom in 1932, a few months before the founder ruler, ‘Abdul ‘Aziz bin ‘Abdul Rahman, reinstituted the monarchy. ‘Iffat used her influence to infiltrate many progressive ideas into the Kingdom, including significant strides in education for both boys and girls as well as major advances in health care. An astute observer and a doer par excellence, Queen ‘Iffat left her mark on the contemporary history of the Al Sa‘ud, as she protected and empowered her kin. She raised a formidable family, listened carefully, guided conversations as necessary, spoke with moderation, recommended policies to her husband and, after the latter was assassinated, to her brothers-in-law who succeeded him. A politically conscious spouse, Queen ‘Iffat played the leading role in Sa‘udi female society, attended many state functions, and received female state guests. She traveled extensively, especially in Europe and the United States, supported myriad charities, and cajoled many to invest in the Kingdom. Universally respected, many people sought her advice for she shared her ambitions and ideas to benefit the entire country. Based on multiple interviews conducted with members of the al-Faysal family, friends, and acquaintances of the late Queen, Joseph A. Kéchichian offers the first political biography of a Sa‘udi monarch's spouse. This work is an important resource for social scientists and political analysts, and of interest to all who wish to learn about Arab women in general, and Sa‘udi women in particular.
About The Author:
Joseph A. Kéchichian is the author of eleven published books, including Faysal: Saudi Arabia's King for All Seasons (2008), Succession in Saudi Arabia (2001), Power and Succession in Arab Monarchies, (2008), and Legal and Political Reforms in Saudi Arabia (2013). His most recent publications are ‘Iffat al Thunayan: An Arabian Queen (2015), From Alliance to Union: Challenges Facing Gulf Cooperation States (2016) and the forthcoming The Nationalist Al Sa‘ud Advisor: Shaykh Yusuf Yassin of Sa‘udi Arabia.
“A major academic achievement. The author paints an image of a liberalized Queen who seldom condemned the traditions of her society, and while she imported the best from what the West offered, her forte was to truly invest in her people and country. What comes across in this dramatic story, which highlights the life of a girl who lived under modest circumstances in Istanbul but became a lady in Riyadh and Jeddah, is a story of successes and failures, which makes the book a historical document that complements the author’s earlier work on King Faisal, her husband. Kéchichian has written the first biography of the life of a Saudi Queen and, in doing so, provided students of Saudi Arabia an important historical document.” - Ibrahim Darwish, Al-Quds Al-‘Arabi, 24 January 2015

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