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224 pp., 6 x 9
ISBN: 9781589019102 (1589019105)
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A Modern History
Allen J. Fromherz
What role does Qatar play in the Middle East and how does it differ from the other Gulf states? How has the ruling Al-Thani family shaped Qatar from a traditional tribal society and British protectorate to a modern state? How has Qatar become an economic superpower with one of the highest per capita incomes in the world? What are the social, political, and economic consequences of Qatar's extremely rapid development?
Allen J. Fromherz is an associate professor of history at Georgia State University. He is the author of The Almohads: The Rise of an Islamic Empire and Ibn Khaldun: Life and Times.
"A welcome and foundational contribution to our understanding of Qatar's modern history, our understanding of the contours of khaleeji authoritarianism, and our apprehension of the role that tribes and tribalism play in the political arena of contemporary Qatar. The book's accessibility and clarity are a welcome bonus."—International Journal of Middle East Studies
"The book offers a rich collection of data on a country that is still little known but which has carved out a central role in the contemporary Arab world for itself."—Oasis International Foundation
"Allen Fromherz has written an excellent book on Qatar based on a thorough knowledge of historical sources, and enriched by his own experience in the country. This book will be essential reading to anyone interested in Qatar and useful to anyone interested more broadly in the dynamics of the Arab Gulf states."—Jill Crystal, professor of political science, Auburn University, and author of Oil and Politics in the Gulf: Rulers and Merchants of Kuwait and Qatar
"Qatar: A Modern History fills a major gap as it provides for the first time the necessary historical basis for understanding this Gulf state in all of its contradictions and importance."—G. R. Garthwaite, Jane & Raphael Bernstein Professor Emeritus in Asian Studies and professor emeritus of history, Dartmouth College
Table of Contents
1. Qatar -- A New Model of Modernity?
2. Qatar -- Geography of a Near Frontier
3. The Origins of Qatar -- between 'Emergence' and 'Creation'
4. Creating Social Realities -- Qatar and the British in the Twentieth Century
5. Sheikh Khalifa and the Enigma of Independence
6. Sheikh Hamad and the Future of Qatar
7. Qatar's Political Economy -- A Classic Rentier State?
8. The Emir and the Exercise of Authority in Qatar
9. Conclusions -- Change or Continuity?