Shaikhdoms of eastern Arabia /
Peter Lienhardt ; edited by Ahmed Al-Shahi.
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, 2001.
xx, 257 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, 2001.
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"In association with St Antony's College, Oxford."
Revision of the author's thesis (Ph.D.)--Oxford University, 1957.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-248) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2002-01-01:
Lienhardt's posthumous book on the sociopolitical organization of the Arab shaikhdoms of the Gulf that encompass Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates is based on fieldwork Lienhardt conducted 40 years ago between 1953 and 1956 for his PhD thesis. As is well known, the 1950s marked a crucial turning point in the history of eastern Arabia, as it signaled the beginning of the radical transformation of the region fueled by its vast oil revenues. Given the sweeping modernization of the shaikhdoms, Lienhardt's ethnohistorical study (edited and prepared for publication by Ahmed Al-Shahi, a former student and colleague of the author) provides a valuable insight into the traditional sociopolitical and economic systems of the people who inhabited the coastal areas of eastern Arabia. The six chapters focus on gender roles and marriage patterns, Bedouin tribal structure, town and maritime economic activities, the elite shaikhly families, and the organization of political power. It is a fascinating glimpse into a unique cultural adaptation that has been significantly transformed by the heavy flow of petrodollars into the region. Graduate collections. A. Rassam CUNY Queens College
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In this perceptive analysis of the Arab sheikhdoms of the Gulf, Peter Lienhardt discusses the common social patterns manifest in their tribal structure, the relations between men and women, the economics of pearl fishing, the growth of towns, and the complex relationship between the ruling shaikhs and their subjects. The advent of oil wealth radically altered the economic and social conditions of the region, but the sheikhs have continued to play an important political role in their modern states.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. vi
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Editor's Prefacep. viii
The Political Complexp. 1
Foreign protection and the extent of local autonomyp. 1
Instability and structurep. 16
The complex of the desert and the seap. 24
Women and Menp. 33
The Bedouinp. 80
Towns and Maritime Activitiesp. 114
Fishingp. 125
Merchant seafaringp. 136
Pearl fishingp. 150
The Shaikhly Familiesp. 165
The Shaikhs and Their Peoplep. 194
Editor's Epiloguep. 228
Appendixp. 231
Notesp. 233
Select Bibliographyp. 241
Indexp. 249
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