The Enduring Saudi Oil Power

Authored by: Joseph A. Kéchichian

Handbook of Oil Politics

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  January  2012

Print ISBN: 9781857435832
eBook ISBN: 9780203851012
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The strategic importance of the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf area seldom waned for Western as well as Asian Powers throughout the centuries. In fact, the region has been an ideal crossroads for trade among countries of the Mediterranean basin and Asia for several millennia. From the Greek navigator Hippalus, who first developed a direct sea route from Arabia to India during the first century B.C., to the lucrative commercial relations established with China under the ‘Ummayads’ (661–750 A.D.), the Persian Gulf region gained importance in trade and commerce. 1

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