The Middle East is a region of great traditional diversity, which has been characterized by immense political, social and economic changes, still developing over thirty years after the title’s original publication. A group of oil-rich countries have achieved great political significance and some of the highest per capita incomes in the world. Much modern development has been spatially polarized, accentuating the concentrations of rapidly growing populations and posing severe problems for planners. Cultivation and pastoralism, the main traditional activities, have often suffered from neglect and insufficient investment, and both require re-evaluation. These are the issues addressed by this volume, first published in 1981, which contains a series of overviews and case studies written by present or former members of staff and research students of the Department of Geography in the University of Durham in honour of W.B. Fisher. Change and Development in the Middle East provides an interesting and relevant geographical and demographic analysis of this diverse and volatile region.
Table of Contents
List of Figures; Notes on Contributors; Preface; Part I: Overviews 1. Development in the Middle East Howard Bowen-Jones 2. Renewable natural resources in the Middle East J. A. Allan 3. Water resources and their management in the Middle East Peter Beaumont 4. Irrigation in the Arab countries of the Middle East John H. Stevens 5. The Impact of Economic Development on Pastoral Nomadism in the Middle East: an Inevitable Eclipse? J. Stace Birks 6. The Oil Industry in the Middle East Keith McLachlan 7. Offshore Politics and Resources in the Middle East Gerald H. Blake 8. Population Growth in the Middle East since 1945 with Special Reference to the Arab Countries of West Asia Allan G. Hill 9. Contemporary Urban Growth in the Middle East John I. Clarke Part II: Case Studies 10. The Study of and a Contribution to the Geomorphology of the Arabian Gulf Taiba A. al-Asfour 11. Fisheries of the Arabian Peninsula William J. Donaldson 12. A Rural Community Development Project in Oman Roderic W. Dutton 13. Agricultural Development in Turkey John C. Dutton 14. A Fieldscape in Transition: The Case of a Turkish Orchard Brian W. Beeley 15. The Settlement of Armenian Refugees in Syria and Lebanon, 1915-39 Thomas H. Greenshields 16. Labour Mobility and Manpower Planning in Tunisia Allan M. Findlay 17. The Industrialization of Libya Mohammed el Mehdawi 18. Social and Economic Change in North African Medinas: The Case of Tunis Richard I. Lawless 19. Urban Planning in Iran Brian D. Clark 20. The Political Geography of Cyprus Michael P. Drury 21. Provincial and District Delimination in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Nassir A. Saleh; index