Abdullah bin Abdul-Rahman

Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud (Arabic: عبد الله بن عبد الرحمن آل سعود) 1893 – 4 December 1976)[1] was a senior member of House of Saud. He was a prominent advisor and member of the inner council of his elder brother, King Abdulaziz, who ruled until 1953. He continued to be involved in state affairs until his death.

Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al Saud
Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal bin Turki bin Abdallah Al Saud
Noble familyHouse of Saud
  • Faisal
  • Yazid
  • Abdul Rahman
  • Muhammad
  • Khalid
  • Fahd
  • Sa'd
  • Saud
  • Bandar
  • Turki
  • Bader
  • Ahmad
  • Sultan
  • Mansour
  • Musab
  • Abdul Aziz
  • Thirteen daughters
FatherAbdul Rahman bin Faisal

Early life

Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman was born in 1893.[1]:179 He was the seventh son of the Emir of the Second Saudi State, Abdul Rahman bin Faisal.


Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman was prominent in the military campaigns of his elder brother King Abdulaziz as he laid the foundations of the future state of Saudi Arabia. He was responsible for the capture and destruction of the Ikhwan centre of Ghatghat during the Ikhwan Revolt of 1929. He became a frequent participant in the political committee formed by the King in 1932 following the establishment of Saudi Arabia.[2] He was the key counsellor of the King, the member of the privy council, and one of the king's official advisors until the King's death in 1953.[2] He was a participant at the meeting with the British prime minister Winston Churchill in 1945,[3] and was given a left-hand side Rolls-Royce.[4] He also accompanied King Abdulaziz to the meeting with Franklin D. Roosevelt on 14 February 1945.[5]

Later, he enjoyed the role of elder statesman to his nephews, King Saud, King Faisal, and King Khalid.[1] During the rivalry between King Saud and Crown Prince Faisal, Abdullah endorsed the actions of the latter, facilitating Faisal's attempts to be successful.[6][7] Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman was among five senior princes who met immediately after the assassination of King Faisal and proclaimed then Crown Prince Khalid the king of Saudi Arabia.[8]

Personal life and death

Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman's son, Khalid bin Abdullah (born 1937), married to Al Jawhara bint Abdulaziz, full sister of the Sudairi Seven.[1] One of his daughters, Jawhara bint Abdullah, is married to Saud bin Faisal.[9] Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman died on 4 December 1976.[1]


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  2. Al Kahtani, Mohammad Zaid (December 2004). "The Foreign Policy of King Abdulaziz" (PDF). University of Leeds. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  3. "Riyadh. The capital of monotheism" (PDF). Business and Finance Group. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 October 2009. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  4. Lighter, Morgan (25 July 2008). "Foreign Countries | Sa'udi Arabia: Chapter Two – Riches". History and Histories. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  5. Eddy, William A. (2005). FDR meets Ibn Saud (PDF). Vista: Selwa Press.
  6. Galvani, John; Peter Johnson; Chris Paine; Joe Stork; Rene Theberge; Fred Vallongo (March 1976). "Saudi Arabia: Bullish on America". MERIP Reports. 26: 3–22+27. JSTOR 3012412.
  7. Henderson, Simon (1994). "After King Fahd" (Policy Paper). Washington Institute. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  8. "King Faisal shot to death by 'deranged' nephew". The Miami News. AP. 25 March 1975. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  9. "Briefing" (PDF). The Guardian. 25 September 1985. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
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