Viviano, Frank
October 2003
National Geographic;Oct2003, Vol. 204 Issue 4, p2
The article focuses on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as of October 1, 2003. Torn between ancient traditions and the modern world, Saudis search for balance in the post-September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks glare. The city of Jeddah, with a population of more than two million people, is the second largest city in the Kingdom, its commercial engine and busiest port, its most cosmopolitan metropolis. Stakes are beyond exaggeration, for Saudi Arabia is not simply another traditional country coping with change. As keeper of Muslim holy cities, Mecca and Medina, it serves as the chief custodian of Islam and the spiritual home of 1.3 billion Muslims worldwide.


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