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 (retaining the high price of 30 shillings); pp. 183, numerous illustrations printed on both sides of plates; wrappers with afew wrinkles and and short margianl tear to lower cover, otherwise a remarkably clean and fresh 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. His experience goes back to the Hejaz conquest of the 1920s. 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.

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