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Saudi Arabia


The educational system of Saudi Arabia displays the government's recognition that an educated population guarantees the nation's future. Saudi Arabia's vast oil reserves and wealth make the country susceptible to internal and external pressures. Government supervision of all levels of education, the assignment of educators to ranks within the nation's bureaucracy, and a strong emphasis on technical and vocational education is the Saudi approach to maintaining a stable, well-educated work force of men and women committed to Islam. This approach also ensures the preservation of Islamic culture and the monarchy as the nation faces the challenges of the twenty-first century.


Al-Farsy, Fouad. Saudi Arabia. London: Stacy International, 1978.

Al Salloom, Hamid I. Education in Saudi Arabia. Beltsville, MD: Amana Publications, 1995.

Holden, David and Richard Johns. The House of Saud. NY: Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1981.

Howart, David. The Desert King. London: Collins, 1964.

Lacey, Robert. The Kingdom. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1981.

Powell, William. Saudi Arabia and its Royal Family. Secaucus, NJ: Lyle Stuart Inc., 1982.

Vassiliev, Alexei. The History of Saudi Arabia. London: Saqi Books, 1998.

—William A. Paquette

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