Talk:House of Saud

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older commments[edit]

Last true monarchy: This claim was removed because the King of Saudi Arabia is joined by the Sultans of Oman and Brunei, the Kings of Tonga, Swaziland, Morocco, and Bahrain, and the Emir of Qatar, as monarchs with not necessarily absolute, but very real governmental power. Shimmin 22:39, Sep 16, 2004 (UTC)

Why don't the Sauds from Saudi Arabia have bullets before their names? -gren

The link at the bottom of the page is blatantly prejudiced. While that is not necessarily grounds for removal, the fact that it is obvious propaganda may be; there is no factual basis for these claims. Also, this article needs to be expanded quite a bit. I'm sure there is plenty of common information on the House of Saud to be found. --Kaelus 11:29, 10 Apr 2005 (UTC)


I don't get this paragraph

Sons of Abd al-Aziz are from the Abd al-Aziz line of the family, and are the only members allowed to serve as King or Crown Prince. As this generation will not last forever, a future King will eventually have to decree a new generation to eventually replace the Abd al-Aziz line and thus provide new heirs to the throne. Members of this line are referred to with the style "His Royal Majesty" or "His Royal Highness."

So is this a "line" or a "generation". I guess that the terms "line" and "generation" here are refering to patrilineality, ie, everything is inherited from the male line. After all, it's not inconceivable that everyone in the Saud family is eventually part of the line or that this line never runs out of members. How will we know a future King will need to decree a new line?

It should be rephrased as a possibility or perhaps even ignored. I recommend the latter since this sort of transition is likely to be chaotic and unpredictable just like dynasty changes have historically been. That's even assuming that the King in question properly plans for a new line to replace him. KarlHallowell 04:16, 9 August 2005 (UTC)

Obviously, your first guess is the correct one, not the second one. "Line" just needs to be replaced by "generation" in this paragraph. СЛУЖБА (talk) 23:21, 13 September 2010 (UTC)

Can we link this to Arabic Wikipedia?[edit]

I don't see a link to the Arabic Wikipedia for this. Is there an equivalent article there? Can somebody please link to it? - 07 November 2005


No, the Arabic encyclopedia is missing a lot, no, I mean a LOT of articles. As far as I know, there is no equivalent article. -- Eagleamn 03:52, 8 November 2005 (UTC)

What is the Arabic?[edit]

Can someone please tell me what is the actual Arabic expression which is translated by the English "House of Saud"? (I can't read Arabic so I'd need to see the Latin-alphabet transliteration.) For that matter I think it would be good to add both of these to the article (actual Arabic expression + Latin-alphabet transliteration). Thanks - 07 November 2005

Currently there is no Arabic script in the article, but I think it should be "Al Saud آل سعود" -- Eagleamn 03:53, 8 November 2005 (UTC)
Thanks (original questioner here). I have no idea what I'm talking about, but AFAIK, "Al Saud" is "The Saud". The equivalent article in the Hebrew/Ivrit/עברית Wikpedia is " בית סעוד ", which as far as I can figure out (can't read Hebrew either) is "Beit Saud" -- "House Saud". I'm wondering whether the Arabic would be similar (since it's also a Semitic language). Unfortunately, Google doesn't seem to find anything similar to this expression. So ... Arabic uses "Al Saud", as you say, or is similar to Hebrew in this respect, or what? Thanks -- 08 November 200
Well, I have never used or heard the term "Beit Al Saud" or any literal translation of "House of X".. in any case, the term "al" refers to the "house of." It should be noted that "al" here is not the same as "the," used in other contexts (e.g. alketab = the book). -- Eagleamn 23:11, 8 November 2005 (UTC)
Thanks! (original questioner). -- 09 November 2005
There is a difference in Arabic between "السعود" (Al-saud or The saud) and "آل سعود" (Aal Saud or "Family" of Saud). There are a couple of small saudi failies who carry the name "السعود" (Al-saud or The saud), but only one "آل سعود" (Aal Saud or "Family" of Saud).
What about Banu Saud (Children of Saud) or Al-Saudun (the Sauds)? 63.224.227.186 02:38, 22 May 2007 (UTC)
"Banu Saud" and "Beit Saud" are both currect , but "Al Saud" is much more useful , arabic grammer is much more complex than what you expect. Ammar (Talk - Don't Talk) 22:48, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

On the Corruption section[edit]

I believe this section is relevant to the article and seems placed in an appropriate section (or perhaps as a subsection of a new "Criticisms of the House of Saud" section). Some work needs to be done to make it NPOV, but I strongly disapprove of its outright removal. -- KarlHallowell 03:24, 14 March 2007 (UTC)

No mention of "Bandar Bush"? Agreed. There are many interesting facts and facets that would lend nuance and historicity to this article. 50.54.225.180 (talk) 15:05, 7 January 2016 (UTC)

See Also Section: Links to House of Saudi protected and Saudi Air Force Paper Tiger[edit]

There is no reason for these two links to be included on this page. Nevermind the fact that the links are in the wrong section, but the content of the two pages - yes, I've read them - appear to have a strong biased slant. I am quite certain they do not belong here and am equally tempted to remove them but am waiting for someone else to agree less I do something disagreeable. Thoughts?Ultatri 16:19, 2 May 2007 (UTC)

Nevermind. It appears that 71.231.234.227, the user who created the links has had a bit of a problem with inappropriate edits to a page (see here). And as the links do not contribute anything but bias and misinformation, I've went ahead and deleted them. To find the addresss for the external links in question as to judge for yourselves, if anyone feels inclined, visit edit history page [1] and [2]. Feel free to revert my deletes but I'm pretty sure the links do not belong. Ultatri 16:59, 2 May 2007 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Saudi-logo.jpg[edit]

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Clarification: House of Saud descended from Muhummad?[edit]

Just to be clear - the House of Saud is not descended from the prophet Muhummad or from his tribe, the Banu Quraish, correct? Just curious. --Brasswatchman 22:41, 19 June 2007 (UTC)

No , they belong to "Banu Wa'el" from Nejd. Ammar (Talk - Don't Talk) 03:49, 20 June 2007 (UTC)
Ammar is correct. I'll try to add a section on their origins and their early history soon. -- Slacker 05:49, 20 June 2007 (UTC)
That'd be great. I look forward to reading it. Thank you both for the info. --Brasswatchman 21:31, 20 June 2007 (UTC)

25,000 Members[edit]

This number sounds terribly inflated. Does anyone else agree? Slacker 07:17, 22 June 2007 (UTC)

I agree , thats an army. Ammar (Talk - Don't Talk) 08:40, 22 June 2007 (UTC)


I remember a very short television interview with Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz (he was standing up and wearing traditional Saudi clothes, I think it was on Kuwaiti TV but I am not sure) in response to a question, he specifically said "as of today Al-Saud number 5,163 members" or a number very close to that. I will try to find it and use it as a source. Najdazy 23:15, 5 May 2008 (EST) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Najdazy (talkcontribs)

UBL[edit]

In 1994, Osama bin Laden accused "the Crown Sultan" of supporting Yemen's r123evolt with the approval of Fahd. Is that a reference to Abdullah, or another? Sherurcij (Speaker for the Dead) 21:43, 24 October 2007 (UTC)

Queens and Princesses of the al Saud Family?[edit]

Why isn't there any mention of them in this article? What is known about them? Or was it there at some point and someone deleted it? --Dministrator (talk) 22:17, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

See the last line under the "Succession" section and the seventh line under the "Wealth" section. They're mostly active in business enterprises and don't hold any official government positions as far as I know. -- Slacker (talk) 23:30, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

the "Wealth" section[edit]

this section needs references and assigning — Preceding unsigned comment added by 141.84.69.20 (talk) 09:37, 5 May 2012 (UTC)

Bin v. Ibn[edit]

Why are all the name references in incorrect grammar? "Ibn" is the form of "son of" that is only used when no name precedes it. "Bin" is the proper form when there is a preceding name. This is Arabic grammar 101. Has a choice been made to ignore it? The Frog (talk) 04:00, 9 May 2008 (UTC)

That is the rule for writing only. In speech, the vowel is preserved. -- Slacker (talk) 22:51, 9 December 2009 (UTC)
When two languages use different alphabets, it is considered correct to translitterate words the way they are pronounced, and not the way they are written. This is because it is extremely difficult to come to a concensus on which letters in one alphabet correspond to which letters in the other alphabet.
So, in English words should be written the way they are PRONOUNCED in Arabic, and vice versa.
This is the reason, for instance, why it is correct to write Russian surnames ending in "-off" in Latin alphabet, and not ending in "-ov". СЛУЖБА (talk) 23:35, 13 September 2010 (UTC)

a more complete family tree[edit]

genealogy of the kings of Saudi connection to the prophet Muhammad, but there are also said to connect to the son of Ibrahim, son of Moshe Mordakhai the Jews, perhaps there that can display up to genealogical descendants of this lineage saud longer and more complete? arif jogja-jambi INA talk —Preceding unsigned comment added by 125.165.175.141 (talk) 05:41, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

All this is through female lines. What is the point? All of us have such connections... СЛУЖБА (talk) 23:39, 13 September 2010 (UTC)

Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Nasir al Saud[edit]

Obviously the Al Saud family tree is extensive and complicated. I just wondered where this individual, who has been in the UK press extensively recently, fits into the picture.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11492867

Is he at all from a notable part of the family tree, or is he just one of the thousands of princes? KeithWhittle (talk) 07:27, 20 October 2010 (UTC)

He is a grandson of the King on his mothers side and as such should be mentioned on this page. My attempts to do so get deleted with speed (from someone who wants to present a beautified version of history?)

Hello. Deletion is entirely justifiable. Because this person is not a grandson of King Abdullah, but of late King Saud on his maternal side. His mother's name is Fayiza bint Saud bin Abd al Aziz Al Saud. His father Abdulaziz is a son of Nasser, one of King Abdulaziz's offsprings. Related web page is http://www.datarabia.com/royals/famtree.do?id=176480. Egeymi (talk) 21:46, 17 July 2012 (UTC)

House of Saud[edit]

Please, either cite a reliable source that proves your claim or leave the page alone. Thank you. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 212.215.180.51 (talk) 23:04, 18 March 2011 (UTC)

I suggest you cite your sources sir and get your facts straight. In case you haven't noticed, I am very good at citing sources. (Mni9791 (talk) 03:35, 19 March 2011 (UTC))
Do we really have to argue about this? I don't have to cite anything because I am not the one making the claim. Since you're "very good at citing sources" I'm sure you'll have no problem citing a source for your claim that the ruling faction of the Al Saud are descendents of the daughter of Muhammad ibn Abdel Wahhab. Until that happens, your claim does not belong in the article. Thanks again. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 195.229.237.43 (talk) 13:05, 19 March 2011 (UTC)
First, the page has been put on hold. Second, Mni9791's version of the page (which was the original) seem to be correct. See [3]. 15 out of 16 of the Al Saud rulers come from the descendants of Muhammad and Abdul-Wahab's daughter.

The ruling faction of the family is primarily led by the descendants of Muhammad bin Saud and the daughter of Shaykh Muhammad bin Abdul-Wahhab.

This statement is completely correct.
Second, do not violate the three-revert rule. See Wikipedia:Edit warring. Electronscope44 (talk) 15:08, 19 March 2011 (UTC)


This above conversation took place on my user page. To placate this IP address, I also provided a source. I don't understand what else he could possibly want. (Mni9791 (talk) 21:28, 19 March 2011 (UTC))

the IP address has not provided any sources at all. (Mni9791 (talk) 23:31, 19 March 2011 (UTC))

If this continues, I will have no choice but to report vandalism. (Mni9791 (talk) 23:31, 19 March 2011 (UTC))

Why is it Al Saud and not As Saud?[edit]

Random Arabic question, S is a sun letter, so why isn't it As Saud rather than Al Saud? --AW (talk) 15:21, 2 October 2011 (UTC)

Anyone? --AW (talk) 15:55, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
Here Al (ال) doesn't mean "The" at all. But, it means "The family of ...." (آل). So Al Saud means: "The family of Saud". Where in your case, "As Saud" means "The Saud", which is totally wrong! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 77.31.148.232 (talk) 21:39, 17 July 2012 (UTC)

Pure Islam?[edit]

"By the time Saud died in 1814, his son and successor Abdullah had to contend with an Ottoman-Egyptian invasion seeking to retake lost Ottoman territory and destroy the call to return to pure Islam."

What is "pure islam"? Isn't this wording a POV? Ottomans thought their version was pure Islam, while House of Saud thought their version was pure. This part should be rewritten. Khutuck (talk) 00:56, 23 October 2011 (UTC)

Al Saud and the Arab revolt against the Ottomans[edit]

In studying the histories of TE Lawrence, Faisal and Auda, I find little references to the house of Saud and its role in the revolt, even though the Arab revolt started on the west coast of the Peninsula (with help of the British fleet in the Red Sea) and headed across the peninsula to Akaba and to the North-East, ending in Damascus. The House of Saud must have been influential at that time but there is only a sporadic mention of them in the Internet sources on the Arab Revolt.

In the Wikipedia article about Al Saud I find little reference to Lawrence and Faisal and the Arab Revolt.

What were the relations between Faisal and Al Saud? What was their role in the revolt? Is there a source about it on the Internet or is it a good suggestion for further research?

GeoKem — Preceding unsigned comment added by GeoKem (talkcontribs) 10:01, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

On the "three phases" in the lead[edit]

I edited to clarify the three phases bit in the lead, originally appearing as follows

The House of Saud has gone through three phases: the First Saudi State (1744–1818), marked by the expansion of Wahhabism, the Emirate of Nejd, the Second Saudi State (1824-1891), marked with continuous infighting, which wields considerable influence in the Middle East.

I assumed that the Second Saudi State does not wield considerable influence anywhere in the present if its timespan was 1824-1891 so I left that part in after the modern Kingdom, as it seems to be an accurate description of the modern Kingdom.

I feel obliged to say my edits should still be reviewed by an expert, but then again, so should the entirety of Wikipedia. Mattman00000 (talk) 14:28, 17 April 2016 (UTC)

Spelling and transliteration of names.[edit]

This is basically not standardized for common use. Nevertheless it should be consistent for one document. Re: History/ Origins and early history/ p'graphs 2 & 3, Migrin or Muqrin? Either would really do but then a moderator would demand "Reliable Sources".SBader (talk) 01:07, 9 December 2016 (UTC)