Towns, cities, and countries may often see a change in name for various reasons. You may see this happen when there is a change in the political climate of the place. This happens especially when a country or region newly gains independence or sees a change in the regime. When we come to think of it, almost every place has had a change in the name, over centuries at least once.
Places may either merge into an already existing territory and be named as the territory it has been merged to or may merge with other regions to form a new name.
Is Saudi Arabia also a place that was previously known as something else? If yes, what was Saudi Arabia previously know as? Read this article to understand how Saudi Arabia’s name came to be.
WHAT WAS SAUDI ARABIA PREVIOUSLY KNOWN AS?
In 1932, when Saudi Arabia was formed, it was named as al-Mamlakah al-ʿArabīyah as-Saʿūdīyah, which means the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This was named after King Abdulaziz Al-Saud. He was the King who united 4 regions into what we all know as Saudi Arabia today.
These four regions were Hijaz, Najd, and parts of Eastern Saudi Arabia and Southern Saudi Arabia. Hence, Saudi Arabia has never had a different name for the geographical territory it is today. But instead, it has had different regions with different names come together to be called a completely new one called Saudi Arabia. Read more about the history of Saudi Arabia and its various leaders HERE.
Thus, Saudi Arabia has always been known as Saudi Arabia from the moment the geographical territory was formed.
Unlike many other places that have had a change in spite of the geographical territory being the same, Saudi Arabia is not one such place. Saudi Arabia has been formed with the merging of four territories that had a different name, which was given up to form Saudi Arabia.
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