Subscriber Essay: The Ikhwan and the Rise of Saudi Arabia

This week’s request is for something on “the original wars that consolidated Saudi Arabia, with a focus on the Ikhwan as shock troops.” So probably the first thing we need to do is put some context around “original.” The Saudi Arabia we all know and love today is the third Saudi state in Arabia. The first, also known as the Emirate of Diriyah, was estab…

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