This fascinating book on the emerging technocratic elite in Saudi Arabia focuses upon several interrelated subjects. One of them is the governance of a secular university within a context of conservative religious norms reinforced by an authoritarian regime. Another is the response of a highly traditional society to an industrial revolution accompanied by the intrusion of Western culture. Finally, consideration is given to the new technocrats educated in American, British, and Saudi universities and their potential impact upon the ruling Al Sauds, the Islamic religion, international and oil policies, and future political change.
New York, Bern, Frankfurt/M., Paris, 1989. XII, 230 pp.
Contents: Administration and education in a Saudi Arabian university - An industrial revolution in a decade - Influence of
Western culture in a traditional and religious society - Emergence of a technocratic elite - Future political and international