Young Saudi Boy

Young Saudi boy cleans his teeth with the traditional miswak,  a tree twig,  used in the Prophet Muhammad’s time and today by many Saudis.  “Make a regular practice of Miswak for verily it is the purification fo the mouth and a measure of the pleasure of the Lord,” the Prophet Muhammad is reported to have said.

Masmak Fort

Masmak Fort in Riyadh where Abdulaziz Al Saud began in 1902 his conquests to unite Arabia under his rule. His sons still rule today the kingdom that bears the family name.

Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia

View of the modern metropolis of Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia, dominated by the Faisaliah Tower, one of the city’s two skyscrapers.

Poor children and graffiti marred walls

Poor children and graffiti marred walls in a Saudi slum less than 20 minutes by car from the skyscrapers of central Riyadh.

Family of Saudis in the Faifa mountains of Jizan

The author surrounded by an extended family of Saudis in the Faifa mountains of Jizan, a remote Saudi province bordering Yemen.

Jizan governor at his desk

The author interviewing Jizan Governor Muhammad bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz.  All 13 provincial governors are al Saud princes.

Governor Muhammad bin Nasser

After lunch

Author and remains of her lunch seated with her Saudi host, who posed for this photo after eating in a separate room with men, leaving his guest to dine alone to maintain Saudi strictures on separating men and women.

A woman kneels to pray

A shrouded Saudi young woman kneels to pray in the outdoors after a family outing.  Saudi women typically are not permitted to pray in mosques.

A Camel Drinks

A camel drinks on a farm outside Riyadh.  These traditional beasts of Saudi transport have largely been replaced by SUV’s though the very rich still collect prize camels and some poorer Saudis still eat them.