CultureShock! Saudi Arabia

A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette

CultureShock! Saudi Arabia provides an insight into living and working in a kingdom where Islam governs almost every aspect of life. Uncover the true psyche of the Saudi people—the men clad in their thobes and gutra and women in their abayas—and their unique way of life, a lifestyle which foreigners may find alien and a challenge to cope with. Containing valuable information not only on the practical aspects of settling in, this book will give tips on how best to integrate into Saudi society. Learn about Saudi laws and be aware of what might get you thrown in jail or under the executioner’s axe. CultureShock! Saudi Arabia is essential for anyone who wants to fully understand this Islamic country and get the most out of his or her stay in the kingdom.

Nevertheless, Muhammad's religious revival started unpromisingly. Like Christ
before him, Muhammad found his life threatened by the establishment. The
merchants of Mecca regarded Muhammad as a dangerous radical. But unlike
Christ who paid for religious dissidence with his life, Muhammad retreated about
400 km (250 miles) north of Mecca to the city of Medina, where religious ideas
were more fluid and the establishment less entrenched. Muhammad arrived in
Medina on 24 ...