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Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab States Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Arab States

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This extremely timely and helpful ready reference will familiarize all students and readers with the Gulf region and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Dubai, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Yemen, and Qatar. These states are bound by the desert culture, the Gulf, new oil economy, and Islam, to name some commonalities. Most Americans know something about the region, such as oases, dates, camels, oil, Bedouin tribes, and the legends of Lawrence of Arabia to Osama bin Laden. Islamic concepts and practices are still unfamiliar. On one extreme, Saudi Arabia, the cradle of Islam, has been largely closed off to Western tourists. On the other extreme, Dubai courts tourist dollars as it constructs modern architectural showcases. This is the first A-Z encyclopedia to focus on the Gulf, illuminating the land, people, religion, culture and traditions, institutions, economy, and much more for general readers. The more than 200 essay entries have a current focus with historical context as necessary.

The breadth of coverage means that this resource will be of use for a wide range of researchers and browsers. Besides individual entries on each state, major cities and regions are also profiled. The natural environment and human adaptation to it receives significant space. Islamic customs and rules and various interpretations are clearly explained. Essays on key public figures, institutions, major events, politics, and state structures and more also make this the first-choice resource for accurate information. Further reading accompanies per most entries. The contributors have mined sources often not available in English. A chronology, selected bibliography, and photos complement the text.

Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab States Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Arab States

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The Arab Revolt 1916-18: Lawrence sets Arabia ablaze

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The Arab Revolt of 1916-18 was one of the most dramatic events of the First World War. It resulted in the birth of the modern Middle East and also created one of the most enduring myths of the war, the story of “Lawrence of Arabia”. In fact, it could be argued that the wider importance of the Arab Revolt has been forgotten in the rush to focus on Lawrence myth and that later generations have lost sight of the immense changes that this rebellion represented in Arab affairs.

This book examines the revolt without this prejudice, describing and analyzing the background and events of the revolt. Breaking the process into several broad phases, the author examines the initial capture of coastal towns like Jeddah, which secured and this allowed for the re-supply and support of the Arab Army by the Royal Navy. Then, the main focus of the revolt became the Hijaz Railway. The raids on this vital route are described in detail, as is the seizure of Aqaba in 1917 and the northward push of the Arab Army at Gaza, Jerusalem, Megiddo and Damascas. Finally, this book describes how a local Arab rebellion grew to form a major part of Allied operations in the Middle East, as Arab tribesman developed from being troublesome raiders into a force which could oppose brigade-sized Turkish columns by 1918.

The Arab Revolt 1916-18: Lawrence sets Arabia ablaze

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Arabia and the Arabs: From the Bronze Age to the Coming of Islam

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Arabia and the Arabs provides the only up-to-date, one volume survey of the region and its peoples during this period.

Arabia and the Arabs: From the Bronze Age to the Coming of Islam

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The New Gulf – How Modern Arabia is Changing the World for Good

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A new Gulf is rising one that will be radically different to the one we know. This book is about the economic, social and political transformation sweeping the 6 Gulf states of the GCC… Now the fastest growing part of the world economy.

This absorbing new publication provides a concise but complete description of the Arabian countries benefiting most from the affluence sweeping the Middle East in the 21st century. The New Gulf How Modern Arabia is Changing the World for Good focuses on the economic, social and political transformation sweeping the Gulf states: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. It provides a timely explanation of how the region was developed and the significant impact it will have on the world in the years to come.

The author, Edmund OSullivan, delves into Arabias past to narrate a remarkable story. It encompasses Adam and Eve, Alexander..Persians..Rome..Byzantium.. Islam..the Seljuks..Ottomans..Portuguese.,Dutch..British traders. Finally, he describes the dramas of the 20th C, incl. oil that made the Gulf one of the worlds most vital regions.

Turning to the present, he forecasts the 6 Arabian countries that make up the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are set to become the sixth largest economy in the world by 2030. He predicts the civilization emerging in the New Gulf will help transform the wider region for the better, with profound and inspiring consequences.

OSullivan challenges the common assertion that the Gulf is a permanent source of political instability and that conflict in the region is inevitable. He foresees its growing affluence as having a profound, positive and irreversible impact on some of the biggest issues both the region and the world face in the 21st century.

Putting years of experience and specialized knowledge into a single volume, The New Gulf: How Modern Arabia is Changing the World for Good is essential reading for residents in – or visitors to – the Gulf.

The New Gulf – How Modern Arabia is Changing the World for Good

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