Saudi Arabia (SA)

An Islamic kingdom occupying most of the Arabian Peninsula in the Middle East, with an area of approximately 870,000 square miles (2.3 million square kilometers) and a population (1994) of 18.2 million. The country is prominent as the home of Islam and also as the producer of a large share of the world’s petroleum. The people are homogenous in their ethnic origin (Arabs), and in their religion (Islam), and are divided mainly between the settled agriculturist and nomadic Bedouin tribes. The Arabian Peninsula contains only a few Christians; most of them are foreigners from Europe, Africa, India, and America who came to work in the oil fields. Seventh-day Adventists have no organized church in Saudi Arabia, but the country is part of the territory assigned to the Middle East Union. In 1963 ...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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