Saudi Arabia and Iran

Friends or Foes?

  • Authors
  • Banafsheh Keynoush

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

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      Pages 1-6
  3. A Historical Overview of Saudi-Iranian Relations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
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  4. Early, Middle, and Post Mid-Twentieth Century Saudi-Iranian Relations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
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      Pages 39-52
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  5. Saudi-Iranian Relations after the 1979 Iranian Revolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
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  6. How Current Conflicts between Saudi Arabia and Iran Impact the State of the World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Banafsheh Keynoush
      Pages 227-238
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 239-277

About this book


In a riveting narrative based on accounts of her interactions with Saudi and Iranian politicians and rich archival material, a leading scholar on the Middle East unravels the mysteries of a contentious relationship. This seasoned observer of political and diplomatic worlds shatters the myth of the inevitability of sectarian conflict and that the diplomacy between Saudi Arabia and Iran is exhausted. Instead, Banafsheh Keynoush argues in Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes? that it has yet to be explored, by recasting the partnership from a US-centered point of view to one based on how Saudi Arabia and Iran see their roles. Who is to blame and how to fix it is part of this penetrating historic account which captivates readers through accurate, non-sensational, and objective analysis. Keynoush recounts it all: the fears, misunderstandings, prejudices, and ambitions that have hobbled efforts to build a lasting partnership, creating a work that is important to both the expert and the layperson.


Saudi Arabia Iran Balance of Power US Persian Gulf Gulf Gulf Arab States Iraq Lebanon Syria Arabian Peninsula Gulf Cooperation Council Shi'i Sunni Wahhabism Islamic Revolution Abd al-Aziz Al Saud Al Saud King Faisal Saud conflict Diplomacy geopolitics revolution work

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