Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-286) and index
Historical background. A delicate alliance -- The birth of Islam -- The Arabs shake things up -- The rise(s) of the House of Saud -- Drilling for dollars -- Saudi Arabia takes the driver's seat -- Recent history: the Gulf War and its aftermath. Prelude: Oil and global politics -- The Persian Gulf War -- The backlash (or don't forget the Wahhabis) -- The fundamentals of fundamentalism -- Who are the Saudis? A closer look at Saudi Arabia today. Myths and realities -- Vital statistics -- Shame on you! Sex, honor, and family values -- Policing the faithful: Islam in Saudi Arabia -- Pilgrims' progress -- Connections -- Saudi Arabia in the age of global terror. September 11, 2001: The Saudi connection -- Afghanistan, Iraq, and beyond: the continuing threat -- Blood lines in the sand: inside the house of Saud -- The immediate future: Which way Saudi Arabia?