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Saudi Arabia is not only the homeland of the Arab peoples—it is thought that the first Arabs originated on the Arabian Peninsula—but also the homeland of Islam, the world's second-largest religion. Muhammad founded Islam there, and it is the location of the two holy pilgrimage cities of Mecca and Medina. The Islamic calendar begins in 622, the year of the hegira, or Muhammad's flight from Mecca. A succession of invaders attempted to control the peninsula, but by 1517 the Ottoman Empire dominated, and in the middle of the 18th century, it was divided into separate principalities. In 1745 Muhammad ibn 'Abd al-Wahhab began calling for the purification and reform of Islam, and the Wahhabi movement swept across Arabia. By 1811, Wahhabi leaders had waged a jihad—a holy war—against other forms of Islam on the peninsula and succeeded in uniting much of it. By 1818, however, the Wahhabis had been driven out of power again by the omega replica watches Ottomans and their Egyptian allies.

Royal Consulate General of Saudi Arabia

P.O.Box: 1876
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

+971 (4) 397-9777
+971 (4) 397-9777
www.mofa.gov.sa

Categories: Embassies and Consulates
Neighbourhood: Umm Hurair 1 (Embassies and Consulates in Area)

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