The best years of Ibn Saud's life
The best years of Ibn Saud's life
According to Harry St John Philby in "Arabian Jubilee", Ibn Saud looked on the years in which he consolidated his Kingdom as the best years of his life, years in which he needed to be ready for action at a moment's notice, years in which he trained his sons to follow in his footsteps. In conversation with Amin Rihani, a Lebanese American who travelled in Saudi Arabia, Ibn Saud explained the main features of his life then;

"We have to be always ready and fit. I train my own children to walk barefoot, to rise two hours before dawn, to eat but little, to ride horses bareback - sometimes we have not a moment to saddle a horse, leap to his back and go."

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