The Emergence of the Gulf States

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Book Title: The Emergence of the Gulf States
Author: J. E. Peterson
Published: 16 June 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing


“The Emergence of the Gulf States” covers the history of the Gulf from the 18th century to the late 20th century. Employing a broad perspective, the volume brings together experts in the field to consider the region’s political, economic and social development. The contributions address key themes including the impact of early history, religious movements, social structures, identity and language, imperialism, 20th-century economic transformation and relations with the wider Indian Ocean and Arab world.


The work as a whole provides a new interpretive approach based on new research coupled with extensive reviews of the relevant literature. It offers a valuable contribution to the knowledge of the area and sets a new standard for the future scholarship and understanding of this vital region.
Under the title “The Setting” Section 1 tackles trends and patterns in the archaeology and pre-modern history of the Gulf and also looks into the religion and religious movements in this region.
Section 2 “Historical Aspects of International and Intra-Regional Relations in the Gulf” sheds light on patterns of intra-Gulf relations and the age of imperialism and Its Impact on the regions.

Section 3 of the book focuses on “Economic History” and the economic transformation of the Gulf. While in Section 4 the book delves into “Social History” to examine tribes and tribal identity in the Arab Gulf States and social structures and transformation in the Gulf and Arabia. This section also sheds light on language, identity, and culture and explores the process of state formation and the oil-driven nation-building of the Gulf States after World War II.


About the Author:
J. E. Peterson is affiliated with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona, USA. He has been a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (Philadelphia) and the Middle East Institute (Washington, D.C.), and an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, D.C.). Until 1999, he served as the Historian of the Sultan’s Armed Forces in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for Security and Defence in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, and spent 2000-2001 at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.