Censorship of Historical Thought: A World Guide, 1945-2000

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See Portugal (1968–74: Soares).


SAUDI ARABIA

Among the sensitive historical topics in Saudi Arabia were the House of Saud, the ikhwan (Muslim Brotherhood) and tribal autonomy and conflict. Bedouin oral culture, including its historical parts, was sometimes in contradiction with the official Wahhabi doctrines. Burning and destruction of private manuscripts in which this oral culture was recorded allegedly occurred throughout Saudi Arabia.

1977Between 7 and 10 December, Sunday Times foreign correspondent David Holden (died 1977) was murdered by unknown persons in Cairo. He was shot in the back and stripped of all means of identification. From late 1976 he had been writing a history of the House of Saud, but his colleague who completed and published the book, The House of Saud (1981) declared that he did not believe that the murder had anything to do with this research.
1979On 17 or 18 December, Saudi national Nasir al-Said was kidnapped by the Saudi secret service in Beirut. The leader of a clandestine opposition group called the Union of the People of the Arabian Peninsula (1953–), he "disappeared" after he had informed reporters that his group supported the seizure of the Holy Mosque in Mecca on 20 November 1979. In 1956 Nasir al–Said had gone into exile after the suppression of a

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