The crucial importance of the Gulf region today – which may be defined as comprising the states of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, with Iran as a non-Arab onlooker – has stimulated surprisingly little interest in academic circles. Much of what has been written, moreover, focuses exclusively on those aspects of direct concern to external interests. The focus of this book is on the Gulf region as an area with its own problems of social, economic and political development. It examines the dimensions of the attempts by the governments and peoples of the area to create new social, economic and political structures – stemming mainly, of course, from their new-found oil wealth.
First published in 1980.
1. Introduction Tim Niblock 2. Involvement and Change: The Coming of the Oil Age to Saudi Arabia J.J. Malone 3. The Mode of Production in the Arab Gulf Before the Discovery of Oil Mohamed G. Rumaihi 4. Hegemony, Dependence and Development in the Gulf Rosemarie Said Zahlan 5. Natural Resources and Development in the Gulf States Keith McLachlan 6. Problems Confronting the Establishment of a Heavy Industrial Base in the Arab Gulf John Townsend 7. Pastoral Nomads in a Rapidly Changing Economy: The Case of Saudi Arabia Donald P. Cole 8. Changes in the Structure of Village Life in Oman J.C. Wilkinson 9. Economic and Social Implications of Current Development in the Arab Gulf: The Oriental Connection J.S. Birks and C.A. Sinclair 10. Political Participation and the Constitutional Experiments in the Arab Gulf: Bahrain and Qatar Emile A. Nakhleh 11. Federalism in the United Arab Emirates: Prospects and Regional Implications Naomi Sakr 12. The Prospects for Integration in the Arab Gulf Tim Niblock 13. The Gulf Between Two Revolutions: 1958-1979 Fred Halliday