Brian Whitaker:

While it may be useful for diplomats and the like to know who stands where in the princely pecking order, the trouble with riyadology* is that it tends to over-emphasise the significance of minute twitches in what is fundamentally a rotten and unreformable system.

Whitaker makes a good point here, and I like the term Riyadology, which he explains in the footnotes as “the study of royal politics in Saudi Arabia.” But shouldn’t the term be spelled Riyadhology?