King Abdullah's Legacy: How Saudi Arabia Did—and Didn't—ChangeBy and
Though not officially named king until 2005, Abdullah came to power in 1996 as regent when his half-brother, King Fahd, suffered a debilitating stroke. Abdullah, who died on Jan. 23 at age 90, steered the country through turbulent oil markets and the West’s war on terror. His policy was one of slow reform and economic progress. Abdullah was buried in an unmarked grave, in accordance with the tenets of the conservative brand of Islam the royal family espouses. But there is no shortage of monuments to his rule.