This edition, published in 2006, is a fresh approach to a publication initiated in the late 1940s to acquaint new company employees with the history of the people and places in the land they had come to work. Over the years, it grew into a comprehensive book spanning the Arab and Muslim worlds.
This volume features a new focus and a new text, accented by a variety of sidebars, maps and an array of images from photographers inside and outside the company. A Land Transformed opens with the signing of the Concession Agreement with Standard Oil of California in 1933, and then steps back to treat topics including the prehistory of the region, pre-Islamic Arabia, the revelation of Islam, and the emergence of the Saudi state, as well as the Kingdom's wildlife. The eighth and final chapter is devoted to the petroleum industry and Saudi Aramco.
A Land Transformed provides a gateway to learning for those who have no direct connection with the Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia or Saudi Aramco. For those already familiar with those topics, it offers new insights into a land whose energy resources make it critical to the well-being of nations and whose contributions to civilization -- notably Islam and the Arabic language -- remain as vital as ever.
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