#1 New Release in Saudi Arabia History - Witness the Mysterious World of Saudi Arabia
Take a deep dive behind the veils and walls of one of the world's most secretive countries. Learn how religious conservatism and strict laws governing women's freedoms over the past forty years support a single goal-preserving the power of the House of Saud.
Saudi Arabia plays a key role in the world, yet few have first-hand knowledge of who lives, suffers, and wields power there. Now, Susanne Koelbl, award-winning military and foreign correspondent for the German news magazine Der Spiegel, unveils many secrets of this mysterious kingdom. As a journalist, for years Koelbl has traveled throughout the Middle East, and specifically Saudi Arabia, and recently lived in Riyadh during the most dramatic changes since the country's founding. She has long cultivated relationships on every level of Saudi society and is equally at ease with ultra-conservative Wahhabi preachers, oppositionists, and women from all walks of life.
In Behind the Kingdom's Veil :
- Have breakfast with Royal Highnesses, meet Osama bin Laden's bomb-making trainer, enter palaces of secret service chiefs and diplomatic legends.
- Listen to intimate conversations with women ambivalent about their newly offered freedoms.
- Get to know journalist Jamal Khashoggi, murdered and brutally dismembered in 2018.
- View an in-depth portrait of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), contrasting liberalization of Saudi society with punitive treatment of dissenters.
Chapter-by-chapter the black box that is Saudi Arabia opens. Become an eyewitness to the inner workings of the new as well as the traditional Saudi Arabia. Learn about the not-so-obvious facts of Saudi Arabia's history, politics and customs. Understand the intricate and often hidden power relations within the kingdom.
If you have read books such as Karen Elliott House's On Saudi Arabia or Robert Lacey's Inside the Kingdom, Behind the Kingdom's Veil should be your next read.
Susanne Koelbl is an award-winning journalist and a military and foreign correspondent for the German news magazine Der Spiegel. Her stories highlight the intricate dynamics in conflict areas and wars around the world, including the Balkans, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Koelbl is known for her probing reports from Syria, Afghanistan and North Korea. Her highly acclaimed book Dark Beloved Country: People and Power in Afghanistan. was published in 2009.
Always close to the people, Koelbl uses their voices to make complicated political and societal contexts accessible. For her in-depth and thorough reporting she received several industry recognitions, including the Liberty Award and the Henry-Nannen-Price award. In her exceptional interviews with state leaders, intelligence-chiefs and Islamic extremists, Koelbl repeatedly challenges the powerful, including the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (wanted for genocide with an international arrest warrant), or the underground Hamas leader Khaled Mashal. Koelbl has excellent contacts in all political camps in the Middle East.
Koelbl is a fellow of the Bertelsmann Foundation's German-Israeli Young Leaders Program, a Knight Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan and was named a Media Ambassador with the German-Chinese Exchange Program of the Bosch Foundation at Tsingua University in Beijing. As a Knight Wallace Fellow, Koelbl gave guest lectures in 2012 on the war in Syria and the forty-year Afghanistan crisis. As a Knight Wallace alumni Koelbl is connected and tied into top influential media outlets in the US.
The author has been travelling to Saudi Arabia since 2011. Most recently she lived in Riyadh during 2018-2019.
Table of Contents
Welcome to the Salafists: How My Landlord Tries to Save Me from Satan
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: Time of the Bulldozer
Life under the Abaya: Black or Black?
Complex Family Affairs
The Men's Running Group, or How Mr. Zayd Lost His Groove
Brief Escapes: The Malls
We'll Get You: Death of a Dissident
In the North: With the Proud Shammar, Where Men Can Still Be Men
In the East: With the Shia, Where Oil and Trouble Can Be Found
Alcohol: How the Buzz Gets into the Bottle
The Crown Jewels: Oil, Power, Money
Bandar, the Black Prince: Saudi Arabia's Secret Weapon
Seven Dates a Day Keep the Devil Away
The Royals: A Terrifyingly Nice Family
The Faustian Pact of Diriyah
The Magic Scent of Wood and Sweat
Qatar: My Brother, My Foe
The Magic of Batha
How Little Karim Tried to Solve the Yemen Crisis
Richard of Arabia: Making the Desert Bloom
Forbidden Love among the Wahhabis
Osama bin Laden's Bomb-Making Instructor Reveals All
Birthday with Evil Spirits
Marriage, a Straitjacket
Room for a Single Woman, Please
Sheep in Wolf's Clothing
The Beauty of Al-Ahsa through the Eyes of Abdullah
The Revolution Comes Too Late for Pious Jamila
Timeline of Saudi History
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