By Sebastian Maisel, John A. Shoup
This super well timed and priceless prepared reference will familiarize all scholars and readers with the Gulf zone and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Dubai, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Yemen, and Qatar. those states are certain by way of the barren region tradition, the Gulf, new oil economic system, and Islam, to call a few commonalities. so much american citizens be aware of anything concerning the quarter, reminiscent of oases, dates, camels, oil, Bedouin tribes, and the legends of Lawrence of Arabia to Osama bin encumbered. Islamic thoughts and practices are nonetheless strange. On one severe, Saudi Arabia, the cradle of Islam, has been mostly closed off to Western travelers. at the different severe, Dubai courts vacationer funds because it constructs glossy architectural showcases. this can be the 1st A-Z encyclopedia to target the Gulf, illuminating the land, humans, faith, tradition and traditions, associations, financial system, and masses extra for basic readers. The greater than two hundred essay entries have a present concentration with old context as necessary.The breadth of insurance implies that this source should be of use for quite a lot of researchers and browsers. in addition to person entries on each one country, significant towns and areas also are profiled. The traditional setting and human variation to it gets major area. Islamic customs and ideas and diverse interpretations are basically defined. Essays on subject matters similar to key public figures, associations, significant occasions, politics, and nation structures—some in keeping with resources frequently now not to be had in English—make this two-volume set the first-choice source for actual details. feedback for additional interpreting accompany so much entries; a chronology, chosen bibliography, and photographs additionally supplement the textual content.