Creating the Arabian Gulf: The British Raj and the Invasions of the Gulf

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Even whether to call the Gulf 'Arabian' or 'Persian' is an unending argument. Regardless of its name, the Gulf is one of the most politically important regions of the world. Despite its constant presence in the headlines, the fact that it was part of the British Indian empire for many years has gone unappreciated. The long period of British control and the connections with India are, in fact, necessary in understanding the contemporary Middle East. With more than ten years of experience as a government advisor in...

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Overview

Even whether to call the Gulf 'Arabian' or 'Persian' is an unending argument. Regardless of its name, the Gulf is one of the most politically important regions of the world. Despite its constant presence in the headlines, the fact that it was part of the British Indian empire for many years has gone unappreciated. The long period of British control and the connections with India are, in fact, necessary in understanding the contemporary Middle East. With more than ten years of experience as a government advisor in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Paul Rich draws on previously closed archives to document the actual heritage of the area and dispel the myths. Rich shows that the influences of Britain and India are far deeper than commonly acknowledged, and that the sheikhs are actually the creation of the British Raj. He explains that they owe their thrones to a small group of British political agents_the 'Heaven Born'_who created the satraps and then proceeded to rule from behind the scenes by a clever use of stagecraft and ritual that was heavily flavored by their experiences at English public schools and in Masonic lodges. In its attempt to make sense of the complexity of Arab sheikhdoms in the Gulf, Creating the Arabian Gulf is an ideal book for students and scholars interested in Middle East studies and international relations.

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Editorial Reviews

The Arab Review
Clearly the whole book is a work of industry and extensive research...much careful research.
Journal Of The Royal Asiatic Society
Dr. Rich is a prodigious worker. The bibliography, for example, has to be seen to be believed...[he] has so many of the qualities of the born scholar beyond that of mere erudition.
The International History Review
Rich, amid his pharmacy of elixirs, is an enthusiast: ... he cheerfully evokes old notions of cultural leadership, which promoted a "secret curriculum" of hegemony.
— A.P.Thornton
The International History Review - A.P.Thornton
Rich, amid his pharmacy of elixirs, is an enthusiast: ... he cheerfully evokes old notions of cultural leadership, which promoted a "secret curriculum" of hegemony.
Clive Griggs
"Imperialism was frequently more reliant on ritual than arms or money": It is a thesis which Dr. Rich pursues with an impressive range of detailed scholarly research from a wide field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739127056
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/16/2009
  • Series: Middle East Classics Series
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul J. Rich is president of the Policy Studies Organization in Washington, D.C. and visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was the head of supervisory programs for the Ministry of Education and Culture in Qatar for twelve years. Dr. Rich is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, recipient of the Cameron Medal for social science research, and Life Governor of Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface to the Lexington Books Edition Chapter 2 Preface:Kuwait, The Raj, and Ritualocracy Chapter 3 Introduction:Taller Boys Part 4 Part II. Rituals of Rule Chapter 5 Chapter I. Viceregal Ritualism Chapter 6 Chapter II. Indian Connections Chapter 7 Chapter III. Old Boy Panache Chapter 8 Chapter IV. Gulf Historiography Chapter 9 Chapter V. Psychohistory and the Arabs Chapter 10 Chapter VI. Orientalist Freemasonry Chapter 11 Chapter VII. School Tarot Part 12 Part II. Rulers by Elite Chapter 13 Chapter VIII. Square Pegs, Round Holes Chapter 14 Chapter IX. Biographies Chapter 15 Chapter X. "That Was That" Chapter 16 Epilogue:The Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait

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