Ibn Saud

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Ibn Saud - The C. Story-Book Arabian King And Englishman...
The C. Story-Book Arabian King And Englishman Turned Moslem ... . . . . . . Balk Mussolini's Wooing Of Islam BV MILTON H K O X X K K "EA Sen-icr Stuff (.'urrospondcnl The British can thank two of the most romantic figures of modern times--Ibn Saud, master of Arabia, «nd H. St. John Philby, Sand's English friend and adviser --for keeping obstreperous Arabs in line while war surges across Africa and the N'ear East. Mussolini has wooed, the Arabs persistently and ardently. Once, blatantly imitating' for- j j j : e ! be qualities. i Ibn Sand's son. Amir Saml, crown prince of Arabia. mer Kaiser AVilhelm, he proclaimed himself defender of Islam, From Bari, down in the southern part of Italy, for days and nights on end his radio has broadcast in Arabic, trying to stir up the people against the British. Jt h;is nil been in vain. A R A B VKKSIOX OK r i L U K I M S Jbn Sand has pacts of friendship with the British and so f u r he has honored the pact. He is the most powerful Arabian monarch of modern days. Just before the World War he was the petty ! North Arabian Icing of the VVaba- bi sect, who are in the Moslem world what the Puritans were in the Christian world. They stick to (he literal letter of the Koran, the Moslem holy book. They eschew drink and tobacco anil are fanatical in observances of t h e i r religion. The World War and its aftermath Rave Ibn Suud his ehnnce. At the head of his warriors he took Mecca and Medina, the Moslem holy cities, aw.-iy from their new rulers and gradually spread Ibn Saud, scaled, sluiwii at one of his Arabian palace. Hit fix \Yahba, left, is Arabian minister England. Abdullah Suleiman, right, is Arabian finance minister. his domain until he ruled most of Arabia. Before he and St. John Philby met. Philby had a lonj; career in the East, lie was born in Ceylon in 1SS5, his English parents being tea planters there. Graduating rrom Cambridge University, Philby entered the far-famed Indian Civil Service in J90S. He served in India until, in the war days of 1915, ho bobbed up in Mesopotamia as British political officer. In 1017-1S lie had special missions to Central Arabia. It was there he first met .Ibn Saud. Philby spoke Arabic and when clad in native costume looked very much like a bearded Arabian chieftain. He and Ibn soon became fast friends. This bond was enhanced when later Philby embraced the Moslem faith. Philby quit British public service in Ifliifi. but he nover oea.sod to serve Britain unofficially. In J u n e , .1929. he induced Ibn Saud tn assent to an interchange- of diplomatic representatives bo- Uvcen Britain nml Arabia. Ami ever since "Ibn's m a n , garbed in i m m a c u l a t e white edged with gold, has boon one of the sights of diplomatic gatherings in England. P I I I U J V KKA1XV DEFKXOS ISLAM A Moslem, n resident of Mecca, where no Christian would be allowed, Philby hns explored thousands of square miles of hitherto u n h n o w n Arabian lands. He is n passionate partisan of the Arabs. During n discussion in London on the rival chums of Arabs nnil Jews to PulcHttno. 1 once heard Philby. like n beardrd lion, l i t e r a l l y roar out the A r a b case. The occasion was a lunch- II. St. John J'hllby, photographed in his study. daughter, the T. Mrs. D. R. Mace To Speak Sunday Mrs. Dnvicl R. Mace, of London. Eng.. will speak at the regular morning service in St. Stephen's Church Sunday n t eleven o'clock. At this siTvici-, the Bovs' Choir of thc church will .sing with the Senior Choir. Is Promoted Thomns Fnhror, son of Mr. find Mrs. Joseph K;ilircr. F'")ftli Avenue, who is now stationed with the Twenty-eighth I n f a n t r y nt Fort Jackson. S. C, has bnnn promoted to the rank of corporal, it The season wns Ramadan, tin- holy period of the year for Arabs. Lilfc A good Moslem. Philby n e i t h - er ale nor drank a n y t h i n g , not oven water. When t h e present war broke out and. British leaders womkTwl what Ibn Saud wouKl do, Philby reassured them. Ho quoted tlin A r a b i c words: "Kalam al m u l i k m a l l k nl K n lam." "The word of k i n g s is the king of words." Philby arranged for Ibn Sand's rldpst son and licir lo visit England. Ho got Ibn to adopt. t.hr. automobile, thc telephone ami the radio. There is no evidence, that Philby tried In influence his royal,, friend on Arabian oil concessions. But the fact remains that Jbn Sand gave them to Americans. Never having lived outside his native Arabia, t h e shrewd monarch knew enough to say: "All these European powers are land-grabbers. The Americans are not. 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  1. Times Herald,
  2. 25 Jan 1941, Sat,
  3. Page 3

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