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Study on the representation of Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, the founder of Saudi Arabia, by the British, French and U.S. press who portrayed him as a modernist and puritan reformer, in sharp contrast with the negative representation of other Arabs who happened to be fighting against French and British domination of the region at the time.

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This research is important for our understanding of how media representation was both a catalyst that contributed to building a reputation and a destiny for Ibn Saud and Saudi Arabia, and also a tool in the hands of the great powers of the time.

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This page is a summary of: How Ibn Saud Became a Romanticized Legend in the U.S., British and French Press (1920–1953), Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, September 2021, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/18739865-20219101.
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