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Routledge Handbook of Persian Gulf Politics

Edited By

Mehran Kamrava

ISBN 9780367193737
Published June 15, 2020 by Routledge
564 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Politics in Persian Gulf: An Overview Mehran Kamrava  Part I. Historical Context  2. The Ottomans in the Arabian Peninsula Aiza Khan  3. The Persian Gulf in the Pre-Protectorate Period: 1790–1853 Allen Fromherz  4. Sa‘udi Arabia and the 1744 Alliance between the al-Sa‘ud and the al-Shaykh: A Legitimizing and Enduring Union Joseph Kéchichian  5. Britain’s Presence in the Persian Gulf, 1617–2019 W. Taylor Fain  6. The States of the Persian Gulf: From Protectorates to Independent Countries Lucy M. Abbott  Part II. Society and Culture  7. Modernity and the Arab Gulf States: The Politics of Heritage, Memory, and Forgetting  Farah Al-Nakib  8. Evolving Family Patterns in the Arabian Peninsula Amira Sonbol  9. Migrant Urbanism in Gulf Cities: A Reality without Vision? Florian Wiedmann  10. Social Division in Iraq: Ahl al-Shiqāq wa-l-Nifāq? Fanar Haddad  11. Sectarianism in the Gulf Monarchies: Regional and Domestic Factors of Sunni-Shi‘a Tensions Laurence Louër  12. Redefining Women’s Roles in the Gulf’s Oil Monarchies  Mandana E. Limbert  13. Oil for Art’s Sake: Art and Culture in the GCC Suzi Mirgani  Part III. Economic Development  14. Rentier Political Economy in the Oil Monarchies Jessie Moritz  15. Global Energy Markets and the Persian Gulf Li-Chen Sim  16. The Emergence and Spread of the “Dubai Model” in the GCC Countries Martin Hvidt  17. Labor Migration in the Persian Gulf Zahra Babar  18. Revisiting the Gulf’s Divided Labor Markets Michael Ewers and Ryan Dicce  19. Working Women in the Oil Monarchies Nawra Al Lawati and Gail J. Buttorff  Part IV. Domestic Politics  20. Nationalism in Iran Hamid Ahmadi  21. Nationalism in the Persian Gulf’s Oil Monarchies Jill Crystal  22. Charismatic Authority in a Hybrid State: Reading Max Weber and Beyond in Postrevolutionary Iran Mojtaba Mahdavi  23. Political Islam in the Arabian Peninsula Courtney Freer  24. Parliamentary Politics in Kuwait Clemens Chay  25. Political Absolutism in the Gulf Monarchies Steven Wright  26. Royal Succession in Saudi Arabia: The Rise of Mohammad bin Salman Stig Stenslie  Part V. Regional Security Dynamics  27. Security in the Persian Gulf Nader Entessar  28. Security Dilemmas and Conflict Spirals in the Persian Gulf Fred H. Lawson  29. Between Anarchy and Arms Race: A Security Dilemma in the Persian Gulf Islam Hassan  30. The Rise and Decline of the Gulf Cooperation Council Kristian Coates Ulrichsen  31. Saudi-Iranian Relations: Between Identity, Ideology, and Interest Massaab Al-Aloosy  32. The Armed Forces in Post-Revolutionary Iran Saeid Golkar  Part VI. The Persian Gulf & the World  33. The United States and the Persian Gulf: The Art of Lasting in Stormy Waters Houchang Hassan-Yari  34. The United States and Iran: Transcending No-Man’s-Land Ghoncheh Tazmini  35. Iran-U.S. Relations: Challenges and Opportunities Gawdat Bahgat  36. China and the Persian Gulf: Hedging Under the U.S. Umbrella Jonathan Fulton  Select Bibliography

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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