By Sebastian Maisel,John A. Shoup
This tremendous well timed and useful prepared reference will familiarize all scholars and readers with the Gulf area and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Dubai, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Yemen, and Qatar. those states are sure by way of the barren region tradition, the Gulf, new oil financial system, and Islam, to call a few commonalities. so much americans be aware of anything in regards to the quarter, resembling oases, dates, camels, oil, Bedouin tribes, and the legends of Lawrence of Arabia to Osama bin encumbered. Islamic options and practices are nonetheless unusual. On one severe, Saudi Arabia, the cradle of Islam, has been principally closed off to Western travelers. at the different severe, Dubai courts vacationer cash because it constructs smooth architectural showcases. this is often the 1st A-Z encyclopedia to target the Gulf, illuminating the land, humans, faith, tradition and traditions, associations, economic climate, and masses extra for basic readers. The greater than 2 hundred essay entries have a present concentration with old context as necessary.
The breadth of assurance implies that this source could be of use for a variety of researchers and browsers. in addition to person entries on every one kingdom, significant towns and areas also are profiled. The ordinary atmosphere and human model to it gets major house. Islamic customs and principles and diverse interpretations are truly defined. Essays on subject matters equivalent to key public figures, associations, significant occasions, politics, and country structures—some according to assets usually now not to be had in English—make this two-volume set the first-choice source for actual details. feedback for extra interpreting accompany such a lot entries; a chronology, chosen bibliography, and photographs additionally supplement the text.
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Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab States Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Arab States by Sebastian Maisel,John A. Shoup