Al Artawiyah

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Artawiyah الأرطاوية is located in Saudi Arabia
Artawiyah الأرطاوية
Location in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Coordinates: 26°30′35″N 45°21′01″E / 26.509766°N 45.350168°E / 26.509766; 45.350168Coordinates: 26°30′35″N 45°21′01″E / 26.509766°N 45.350168°E / 26.509766; 45.350168
Country  Saudi Arabia
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
 • Summer (DST) EAT (UTC+3)
Postal Code (5 digits)

Al Artawiyah (Arabic: الأرطاوية‎) is a Bedouin camp (hijrah) in Riyadh Province, Saudi Arabia, on the road between Riyadh and Kuwait.


The town is a center for the Mutair Bedouin tribe, who were displaced to that region by the Alharbi and Almutiri tribes after having migrated to Najd.[when?]

Artawiyah was one of the earliest settlements of the Ikhwan Wahhabi militia movement which appeared in the early part of the 20th century. This conservative group mandated strict gender rules in the town, with women banned from the public well and marketplace, instead using personal wells at each household, and gathering at the mosque steps to silently trade with vendors who arrived there.[1] Faisal al-Dawish, who played a large role in the campaign to aid King Abdul Aziz, was then the head of the Mutair and leader of the Artawiyah community.[2]


  1. ^ Eleanor Abdella Doumato (January 2000). Getting God's Ear: Women, Islam, and Healing in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf. Columbia University Press. pp. 108–. ISBN 978-0-231-11666-4. 
  2. ^ Robert W. Olson; Salman H. Ani (1987). Islamic and Middle Eastern societies: a festchrift in honor of Professor Wadie Jwaideh. Amana Books. p. 184. ISBN 978-0-915597-29-1.