1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Persian Gulf Politics

Edited By Mehran Kamrava Copyright 2020
    564 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    564 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Persian Gulf Politics provides a comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of Persian Gulf politics, history, economics, and society.

    The volume begins its examination of Ottoman rule in the Arabian Peninsula, exploring other dimensions of the region’s history up until and after independence in the 1960s and 1970s. Featuring scholars from a range of disciplines, the book demonstrates how the Persian Gulf’s current, complex politics is a product of interwoven dynamics rooted in historical developments and memories, profound social, cultural, and economic changes underway since the 1980s and the 1990s, and inter-state and international relations among both regional actors and between them and the rest of the world. The book comprises a total of 36 individual chapters divided into the following six sections:

    • Historical Context
    • Society and Culture
    • Economic Development
    • Domestic Politics
    • Regional Security Dynamics
    • The Persian Gulf and the World

    Examining the Persian Gulf’s increasing importance in regional politics, diplomacy, economics, and security issues, the volume is a valuable resource for scholars, students, and policy makers interested in political science, history, Gulf studies, and the Middle East.


    1. Politics in Persian Gulf: An Overview
    2. Mehran Kamrava

      Part I. Historical Context

    3. The Ottomans in the Arabian Peninsula
    4. Aiza Khan

    5. The Persian Gulf in the Pre-Protectorate Period: 1790–1853
    6. Allen Fromherz

    7. Sa‘udi Arabia and the 1744 Alliance between the al-Sa‘ud and the al-Shaykh: A Legitimizing and Enduring Union
    8. Joseph Kéchichian

    9. Britain’s Presence in the Persian Gulf, 1617–2019
    10. W. Taylor Fain

    11. The States of the Persian Gulf: From Protectorates to Independent Countries
    12. Lucy M. Abbott

      Part II. Society and Culture

    13. Modernity and the Arab Gulf States: The Politics of Heritage, Memory, and Forgetting
    14. Farah Al-Nakib

    15. Evolving Family Patterns in the Arabian Peninsula
    16. Amira Sonbol

    17. Migrant Urbanism in Gulf Cities: A Reality without Vision?
    18. Florian Wiedmann

    19. Social Division in Iraq: Ahl al-Shiqāq wa-l-Nifāq?
    20. Fanar Haddad

    21. Sectarianism in the Gulf Monarchies: Regional and Domestic Factors of Sunni-Shi‘a Tensions
    22. Laurence Louër

    23. Redefining Women’s Roles in the Gulf’s Oil Monarchies
    24. Mandana E. Limbert

    25. Oil for Art’s Sake: Art and Culture in the GCC
    26. Suzi Mirgani

      Part III. Economic Development

    27. Rentier Political Economy in the Oil Monarchies
    28. Jessie Moritz

    29. Global Energy Markets and the Persian Gulf
    30. Li-Chen Sim

    31. The Emergence and Spread of the "Dubai Model" in the GCC Countries

    Martin Hvidt

    1. Labor Migration in the Persian Gulf
    2. Zahra Babar

    3. Revisiting the Gulf’s Divided Labor Markets
    4. Michael Ewers and Ryan Dicce

    5. Working Women in the Oil Monarchies
    6. Nawra Al Lawati and Gail J. Buttorff

      Part IV. Domestic Politics

    7. Nationalism in Iran
    8. Hamid Ahmadi

    9. Nationalism in the Persian Gulf’s Oil Monarchies
    10. Jill Crystal

    11. Charismatic Authority in a Hybrid State: Reading Max Weber and Beyond in Postrevolutionary Iran
    12. Mojtaba Mahdavi

    13. Political Islam in the Arabian Peninsula
    14. Courtney Freer

    15. Parliamentary Politics in Kuwait
    16. Clemens Chay

    17. Political Absolutism in the Gulf Monarchies
    18. Steven Wright

    19. Royal Succession in Saudi Arabia: The Rise of Mohammad bin Salman
    20. Stig Stenslie

      Part V. Regional Security Dynamics

    21. Security in the Persian Gulf
    22. Nader Entessar

    23. Security Dilemmas and Conflict Spirals in the Persian Gulf
    24. Fred H. Lawson

    25. Between Anarchy and Arms Race: A Security Dilemma in the Persian Gulf
    26. Islam Hassan

    27. The Rise and Decline of the Gulf Cooperation Council
    28. Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

    29. Saudi-Iranian Relations: Between Identity, Ideology, and Interest
    30. Massaab Al-Aloosy

    31. The Armed Forces in Post-Revolutionary Iran
    32. Saeid Golkar

      Part VI. The Persian Gulf & the World

    33. The United States and the Persian Gulf: The Art of Lasting in Stormy Waters
    34. Houchang Hassan-Yari

    35. The United States and Iran: Transcending No-Man’s-Land
    36. Ghoncheh Tazmini

    37. Iran-U.S. Relations: Challenges and Opportunities
    38. Gawdat Bahgat

    39. China and the Persian Gulf: Hedging Under the U.S. Umbrella

    Jonathan Fulton

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    Mehran Kamrava is Professor of Government at Georgetown University in Qatar. His books include A Concise History of Revolution (2020), Troubled Waters: Insecurity in the Persian Gulf (2018), Inside the Arab State (2018), The Impossibility of Palestine: History, Geography, and the Road Ahead (2016), and Qatar: Small State, Big Politics (2015).

    ‘In this magisterial volume, Mehran Kamrava brings together some of the world’s foremost experts to shed light on one of the most important – yet widely misunderstood – regions of the world. Interrogating dislocations in political, economic, social, geopolitical and cultural realms, this is required reading for anyone desiring a better understanding of the Persian Gulf.’ — Simon Mabon, Director of the Richardson Institute, Lancaster University, UK 

    ‘Mehran Kamrava has assembled a sterling list of authors, a mix of veteran analysts and younger academics who are fresh from the field. The volume helps to define the study of the politics of the Persian Gulf region for some time.’ — F. Gregory Gause, III, Head of International Affairs Department, The Bush School, Texas A&M University, USA