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ISBN 10 : 9780292757295
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Download or read book Arabian Oasis City written by Soraya Altorki and published by University of Texas Press. This book was released on 2013-06-06 with total page 284 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Vast social change has occurred in the Middle East since the oil boom of the mid-1970s. As the first anthropological study of an urban community in Saudi Arabia since that oil boom, Arabian Oasis City is also the first to document those changes. Based on extensive interviews and participant observation with both men and women, the authors record and analyze the transformation that has occurred in this ancient oasis city throughout the twentieth century: the creation of the present Saudi Arabian state and of a new national economy based on the export of oil and the economic boom brought about by the dramatic increases in the price of oil following the October 1973 Arab-Israeli War. In addition, the authors reveal the changes brought about by the fall in the price of oil beginning in 1982 and analyze the problems confronting ‘Unayzah in its aftermath. By demonstrating that the area was not exclusively dominated by tribalism and Bedouin nomads, this empirical case study destroys stereotypical views about Saudi Arabia. Indeed, it proves the existence—prior to the coming of the modern Saudi Arabian state— of surplus agricultural and craft production and the full development of local, regional, and long-distance trade networks. It shows that women, although veiled, played active roles in work outside the household. The social impact of change over the years is, however, profound—especially the gradual replacement of the extended family by the nuclear family, changing patterns of husband-wife relationships, the impact of self-earned income on the status of women, and the emergence of a new middle class of employees and entrepreneurs. Because of the high degree of gender segregation in this area of research, Altorki and Cole give us a fortunate collaboration between a Saudi Arabian female scholar and an American male scholar experienced in research in the Middle East.


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ISBN 10 : 9774244044
Pages : 583 pages
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Download or read book Arab Society written by Nicholas S. Hopkins and published by American Univ in Cairo Press. This book was released on 1997 with total page 583 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This all-new edition of the classic Arab Society: Social Science Perspectives, containing thirty new articles by leading scholars, examines Arab society in the 1990s. Articles by scholars from many countries explore such subjects as Arab unity and identity; demographic processes; the roles of men, women, and family; rural social change; political developments; and religious change. For students, scholars, and general readers alike, Arab Society offers up-to-date analysis and discussion of the social, political, and economic transformations that face the region today.


Download Histories of City and State in the Persian Gulf PDF
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ISBN 10 : 9780521514354
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Download or read book Histories of City and State in the Persian Gulf written by Nelida Fuccaro and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 2009-09-03 with total page 257 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book examines the political and social life of the Gulf city and its coastline, as exemplified by Manama in Bahrain. Written as an ethnography of space, politics and community, it addresses the changing relationship between urban development, politics and society before and after the discovery of oil.


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ISBN 10 : 0859894525
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Download or read book New Arabian Studies written by G. Rex Smith and published by University of Exeter Press. This book was released on 1994-06 with total page 245 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: New Arabian Studies is an international journal covering a wide spectrum of topics including geography, archaeology, history, architecture, agriculture, language, dialect, sociology, documents, literature and religion. It provides authoritative information intended to appeal to both the specialist and general reader. Both the traditional and the modern aspects of Arabia are covered, excluding contemporary controversial politics.


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ISBN 10 : UOM:39015024937883
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Download or read book Politics in an Arabian Oasis written by Madawi Al-Rasheed and published by Tauris Academic Studies. This book was released on 1991 with total page 300 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:


Download Bedouin  Settlers  and Holiday makers PDF
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ISBN 10 : 9774244842
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Download or read book Bedouin Settlers and Holiday makers written by Donald Powell Cole and published by American Univ in Cairo Press. This book was released on 1998 with total page 246 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The arid regions impose strict limits upon human existence and activity. And yet by respecting those limits, the flourishing and stable culture of these regions has for centuries been sustained. In the last thirty years, however, the forces imposed by the twentieth century--modernization, globalization, the politics and economics of nations--have become so great that major changes in the old ways have had to take place for the sake of survival. Egypt's northwest coast, where meager coastal rains have supported a sparse but thriving population of Bedouin, has recently seen the arrival of settlers from the Nile Valley, accustomed to a very different way of life and production, and hordes of tourists whose "empty, silent structures" have effectively turned the most productive strip of the coastal range into an artificial desert. This study documents the great accommodations that have taken place to ensure the arid rangelands of the northwest coast continue to be viable for the demands of human existence imposed on them. "A main thesis of this study," the authors write, "is that change in the northwest coast of Egypt has strong parallels in other arid regions of the wider Arab world; and specific comparisons are made to change underway elsewhere--especially regarding the transformation of Arab nomadic pastoralist production to a new form of ranching, and the related changes of sedentarization and the monetization of most aspects of livelihood."


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ISBN 10 : 9780821445402
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Download or read book Slavery Agriculture and Malaria in the Arabian Peninsula written by Benjamin Reilly and published by Ohio University Press. This book was released on 2015-10-29 with total page 222 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In Slavery, Agriculture, and Malaria in the Arabian Peninsula, Benjamin Reilly illuminates a previously unstudied phenomenon: the large-scale employment of people of African ancestry as slaves in agricultural oases within the Arabian Peninsula. The key to understanding this unusual system, Reilly argues, is the prevalence of malaria within Arabian Peninsula oases and drainage basins, which rendered agricultural lands in Arabia extremely unhealthy for people without genetic or acquired resistance to malarial fevers. In this way, Arabian slave agriculture had unexpected similarities to slavery as practiced in the Caribbean and Brazil. This book synthesizes for the first time a body of historical and ethnographic data about slave-based agriculture in the Arabian Peninsula. Reilly uses an innovative methodology to analyze the limited historical record and a multidisciplinary approach to complicate our understandings of the nature of work in an area that is popularly thought of solely as desert. This work makes significant contributions both to the global literature on slavery and to the environmental history of the Middle East—an area that has thus far received little attention from scholars.


Download Music and Traditions of the Arabian Peninsula PDF
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ISBN 10 : 9781135628161
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Download or read book Music and Traditions of the Arabian Peninsula written by Lisa Urkevich and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2014-12-17 with total page 386 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Music and Traditions of the Arabian Peninsula provides a pioneering overview of folk and traditional urban music, along with dance and rituals, of Saudi Arabia and the Upper Gulf States of Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar. The nineteen chapters introduce variegated regions and subcultures and their rich and dynamic musical arts, many of which heretofore have been unknown beyond local communities. The book contains insightful descriptions of genres, instruments, poetry, and performance practices of the desert heartland (Najd), the Arabian/Persian Gulf shores, the great western cities including Makkah and Medinah, the southwestern mountains, and the hot Red Sea coast. Musical customs of distinctive groups such as Bedouin, seafarers, and regional women are explored. The book is packaged with an audio CD and almost 200 images including a full color photo essay, numerous music transcriptions, a glossary with over 400 specialized terms, and original Arabic script alongside key words to assist with further research. This book provides a much-needed introduction and organizational structure for the diverse and complex musical arts of the region.


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Publisher : Council on Foreign Relations
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ISBN 10 : 0876091516
Pages : 237 pages
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Download or read book Oil Monarchies written by F. Gregory Gause and published by Council on Foreign Relations. This book was released on 1994 with total page 237 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This timely book demystifies the politics of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Oman, and focuses on the new pressures that have emerged since the Gulf War. Gause illuminates the foreign policy tightrope these states walk in the Middle East: self-defense is problematic, regional pressures translate directly into the domestic arena, and relations with the United States cause as well as solve many problems. Gause examines the interplay of Islamic fundamentalism, tribalism, and, most importantly, oil wealth that has determined the power structure of the Gulf monarchies. He shows what influences really drive politics in the Middle East as well as how U.S. foreign policy must respond to them in order to forge more meaningful ties with each country and preserve the stability of a fragile region that is vital to U.S. interests.


Download People  Land and Water in the Arab Middle East PDF
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ISBN 10 : 9781134411412
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Download or read book People Land and Water in the Arab Middle East written by Fidelity Lancaster and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2013-07-04 with total page 458 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The result of twenty-five years of research with different tribal groups in the Arabian peninsula, this study focuses on ethnographic descriptions of Arab tribal societies in five regions of the peninsula, with comparative material from others. Having become aware of the depth in time of Arab tribal structures, the authors have developed a view of Arabic tribal discourse where 'tribe' is seen as essentially an identity that confers access to a social structure and its processes.


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ISBN 10 : 9781838605957
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Download or read book Vision or Mirage written by David Rundell and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2020-09-17 with total page 336 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 'Clear-eyed and illuminating.' Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor 'A rich, superbly researched, balanced history of the modern Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.' General David Petraeus, former Commander U.S. Central Command and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency 'Destined to be the best single volume on the Kingdom.' Ambassador Chas Freeman, former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Assistant Secretary of Defense 'Should be prescribed reading for a new generation of political leaders.' Sir Richard Dearlove, former Chief of H.M. Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge. Something extraordinary is happening in Saudi Arabia. A traditional, tribal society once known for its lack of tolerance is rapidly implementing significant economic and social reforms. An army of foreign consultants is rewriting the social contract, King Salman has cracked down hard on corruption, and his dynamic though inexperienced son, the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, is promoting a more tolerant Islam. But is all this a new vision for Saudi Arabia or merely a mirage likely to dissolve into Iranian-style revolution? David Rundell - one of America's foremost experts on Saudi Arabia - explains how the country has been stable for so long, why it is less so today, and what is most likely to happen in the future. The book is based on the author's close contacts and intimate knowledge of the country where he spent 15 years living and working as a diplomat. Vision or Mirage demystifies one of the most powerful, but least understood, states in the Middle East and is essential reading for anyone interested in the power dynamics and politics of the Arab World.


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ISBN 10 : 9780815654247
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Download or read book Arab Family Studies written by Suad Joseph and published by Syracuse University Press. This book was released on 2018-07-10 with total page 614 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Family remains the most powerful social idiom and one of the most powerful social structures throughout the Arab world. To engender love of nation among its citizens, national movements portray the nation as a family. To motivate loyalty, political leaders frame themselves as fathers, mothers, brothers, or sisters to their clients, parties, or the citizenry. To stimulate production, economic actors evoke the sense of duty and mutual commitment of family obligation. To sanctify their edicts, clerics wrap religion in the moralities of family and family in the moralities of religion. Social and political movements, from the most secular to the most religious, pull on the tender strings of family love to recruit and bind their members to each other. To call someone family is to offer them almost the highest possible intimacy, loyalty, rights, reciprocities, and dignity. In recognizing the significance of the concept of family, this state-of-the-art literature review captures the major theories, methods, and case studies carried out on Arab families over the past century. The book offers a country-by-country critical assessment of the available scholarship on Arab families. Sixteen chapters focus on specific countries or groups of countries; seven chapters offer examinations of the literature on key topical issues. Joseph’s volume provides an indispensable resource to researchers and students, and advances Arab family studies as a critical independent field of scholarship.


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ISBN 10 : 8787062240
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Download or read book The Middle East Unity and Diversity written by Heikki Palva and published by NIAS Press. This book was released on 1993 with total page 247 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This study argues that the Middle East is no drab veiled monolith; it is a vibrant chaotic region, often alarming to the newcomer, ever changing but also unchanging. Its paradoxes are reflected in contributions to this volume.


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ISBN 10 : 9781838609344
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Download or read book The Church of the East written by Christoph Baumer and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2016-09-05 with total page 352 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The so-called 'Nestorian' Church (officially known as the Apostolic Assyrian Church of the East, with its See in Baghdad) was one of the most significant Christian communities to develop east of the Roman Empire. In its heyday the Church had 8 million adherents and stretched from the Mediterranean to China. Christoph Baumer is one of the very few Westerners to have visited many of the most important Assyrian sites and has written the only comprehensive history of the Church, which now fights for survival in its country of origin, Iraq, and is almost forgotten in the West. He narrates its rich and colorful trajectory, from its apostolic beginnings to the present day, and discusses the Church's theology, christology, and uniquely vigorous spirituality. He analyzes the Church's turbulent relationship with other Christian chuches and its dialogue with neighboring world religions such as Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, Islam, Buddhism, and Taoism. Richly illustrated with maps and over 150 full-color photographs, the book will be essential reading for those interested in a fascinating, but neglected Christian community which has profoundly shaped the history of civilization in both East and West.


Download Honour is in Contentment PDF
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ISBN 10 : 9783110223392
Pages : 607 pages
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Download or read book Honour is in Contentment written by William Lancaster and published by Walter de Gruyter. This book was released on 2011 with total page 607 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Based on interviews and field research, the authors explore the sets of ideas Arab tribespeople from Ras Al-Khaimah had about tribe and community; social and economic networks, and jural contracts for livelihoods and profits; their uses of their environments; the moral relations of credit, debt andlabour; ruling; economic and political transformations; and ideas of regional history where conflicts were regarded as disputes over sets of ideas, and informal accounts of tribal and local histories.Published sources give a wider context to these ideas and events which show the great complexity and differing perspectives of life before oil in the Gulf."


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ISBN 10 : 9781598845716
Pages : 541 pages
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Download or read book Saudi Arabia written by Sherifa Zuhur and published by ABC-CLIO. This book was released on 2011-10-31 with total page 541 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: • Provides a comprehensive bibliography full of suggestions for further reading and materials to bolster research • Includes a glossary section that defines and describes important terms and concepts