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Faisal, or Feisal (Faisal ibn Abdul Aziz al Faisal al Saud; 1905–75), king of Saudi Arabia from 1964, when his brother, King Saud, was forced to abdicate. A pious, moderate, and able ruler, Faisal instituted a far-ranging program of social reform. Friendly to the West, he nevertheless joined the campaign against Israel and supported the Arab oil cartel. He was assassinated by a nephew in Mar. 1975.

See also: Saudi Arabia.

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