Arabian Days

HAFIZ WAHBA, Sheikh. Arabian Days.

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HAFIZ WAHBA, Sheikh. Arabian Days. London, Arthur Barker, [1964].

8vo. Original black boards, spine lettered in gilt; illustrated dust-wrappers; pp. 183, numerous illustrations printed on both sides of plates; minimal marking to wrappers, light toning in places, a very good copy of a very rare work.
First edition. His excellency Sheikh Hafiz Wahba, an Egyptian, served as advisor to King Abd Al-Aziz Al Sa'ud and describes the immense sociological changes forced upon Arabia by the exploitation of the mineral wealth. He further devotes chapters to the Ikhwan, an Islamic brotherhood which formed the core of the Saudi militia in the 1920s and 1930s. Under later Saudi rule they were disbanded and vilified.