Lesson 8: Saudi Arabia

This week we’re going to travel to one of the most overtly religious, most centrally controlled, most anti-American and simultaneously most pro-American nations in the world…Saudi Arabia. This desert nation on the Arabian peninsula was one of the poorest countries on the planet until the discovery of oil within its borders in 1938. Since then Saudis have found wealth beyond their wildest dreams–well, at least some Saudis have–and the nation has become one of the key players in the world economy and global politics. At the same time it’s also the birthplace of the Muslims’ Prophet Mohammad, Islam’s spiritual home, and one of the few nations whose legal system runs on traditional Islamic laws. Westerners, especially Western women, may not find traveling in Saudi Arabia easy, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t give it a try. So let’s go!

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