This book, first published in 1988, compiles selected contributions to a symposium on ‘The Gulf and the Arab World’ held by the Centre for Arab Gulf Studies at Exeter University, UK, in July 1986. The historical perspective was considered to be a prerequisite for focusing on modern developments, and two chapters are devoted to the coming of both the Arabs and Islam to the Gulf, and a further chapter examines the role of the Ottoman Empire in the region. The remaining chapters concentrate on recent interaction under the broad headings of political and socio-political affairs, demographic aspects, financial interchange and questions of security. A large part of the book is devoted to detailed analysis of the main factor in Arab Gulf/Arab world relations: the huge flow, in one direction, of Arab migratory manpower and, in the reverse direction, of Gulf financing and workers’ remittances.
1. Early and Ottoman History 1. The Arabisation of the Gulf Michael G. Morony 2. The Islamisation of the Arab Gulf F. Omar 3. The Changing Pattern of Political Relations between the Arab Gulf and the Arab Provinces of the Ottoman Empire Robert G. Landen 2. Political and Socio-Political Aspects 4. Arab Nationalism and the Gulf Riad N. El-Rayyes 5. The Gulf in International Affairs: Independence and After Fred Halliday 6. Arab Socio-Political Impact on Gulf Lifestyles Levon Melikian 3. Demographic and Financial Interchange 7. The Demographic Challenge in the Arab Gulf J.S. Birks 8. International Migration, Arabisation and Localisation in the Gulf Labour Market Ian J. Seccombe 9. Gulf Aid and Investment in the Arab World R.S. Porter 10. Migrant Workers’ Remittances in the Arab World: Scale, Significance and Prediction C.A. Sinclair 4. Gulf Security and Stability in a Divided Arab World 11. Perceived Threats and Perceived Loyalties Ghassan Salamé 12. The Gulf Cooperation Council’s Security Role Ursula Braun 13. The 1986 Civil War in South Yemen: A Preliminary Assessment Manfred W. Wenner