November 3rd, 2006


Talk on Saudi Arabia

Today, my Ph.D. student Waleed Al-Jandal gave the International Coffee Hour talk on his home country of Saudi Arabia. In it, he described the history of Arabia from its Islamic roots through the founding of the Saudi kingdom in 1927 and the discovery of oil in 1938.

One of the valuable points of Waleed's presentation, which covered topics from the military history of Arabia to Saudi Aramco to the traditional and modern clothing of Saudis, was a list of cultural taboos observed in many Islamic countries. The link I found is oriented towards Bahrain, but I did not see any conflicts with Arabic conventions.