King without a Kingdom: Deposed King Saud and his intrigues

  • Joseph Mann Bar-Ilan University


Over the years, the matter of succession has been of the most important challenges to the Saudi
monarchy. Although the founder of the kingdom, ʿAbd al-ʿAziz Ibn Saud, had determined that
the throne would be handed down to his firstborn son, his sons had to deviate from their father’s
wishes not long after his death and depose the new heir, King Saud. This undermining of the order
of succession at such an early stage demanded that Faisal, who took King Saud’s place, restore
confidence in the principle of primogeniture and unite the royal family by establishing a system
of checks and balances between the various authorities. Despite King Faisal’s efforts to stabilise
the government from within, deposed King Saud had no intention of abandoning his former posi-
tion, and he began a campaign to return to power by means of Saudi domestic operatives and
inter-Arab forces.
Jan 1, 2013
How to Cite
Mann, J. (2013). King without a Kingdom: Deposed King Saud and his intrigues. Studia Orientalia Electronica, 1, 26-40. Retrieved from