The Political Culture Of Leadership In The United Arab Emirates / Edition 1

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The book describes the impact of cultural perceptions on rulers' behaviors in the United Arab Emirates, once the Trucial States. Despite differences in size, economic resources, and external political pressures, the seven emirates' rulers utilized very similar cultural expectations to gain the support of others. The author describes what has generally been only touched upon before—the significant but largely "invisible" roles women and marriage play in the political process of tribal societies.

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“Rugh marches confidently through well-trodden historical sources and has produced a concise and focused narrative account for each of the ruling families of the seven emirates that will be greatly appreciated by those embarking on a study of the country.”—International Jourbanal Middle East Studies

"Dr. Rugh’s book fills a gap in the scholarship on the Gulf States by examining the cultural aspects of political leadership in the UAE.  The uniquely personal governance in this region cannot be adequately described by the tools of comparative political systems. This book instead describes how the system really works, including the important role of local women and how marriage strategies cement family alliances.  This is a key to at least a partial understanding of a fascinating political system that is racing into the 21st Century while holding on to familiar traditions.  If only this book had been in my library when I was the US Ambassador to that country!"—Ambassador David L. Mack, Acting President, Middle East Institute


"Andrea B. Rugh’s The Political Culture of Leadership in the United Arab Emirates will be the definitive work on the culture, society, and political traditions of the United Arab Emirates for decades to come.  It is an important contribution to the understanding of not only one oil-rich and strategically vital part of the world, but also to the broader topics of tribalism in traditional societies, their transformation in modern times, and the mixed legacy of the impact of the West on the rest of the world.  With an exceptional attention to detail, a masterly command of both concrete information and comparative history, anthropology, and political culture, and a tact and sensitivity hard to equal when studying a foreign political culture, the author gives us a rare insight into the workings of the traditions, families, ways of life, and leadership of a region undergoing major transformation in the light of history, and under the scrutiny of a technologically superior, yet dependent world.  This book is a must-read for both students of, and experts on, the Middle East."—Leila Fawaz, Issam M. Fares Professor of Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean Studies, Tufts University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403977854
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrea B. Rugh is an Adjunct Scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC. She has a PhD in Anthropology from the American University in D.C. Between the years 1964 and 1995, she lived more than 25 years in the Middle East region, including three years spent in the United Arab Emirates. Her publications include, among others, four books on Arab society: Coping with Poverty in a Cairo Community, Family in Contemporary Egypt, Reveal and Conceal: Dress in Egypt, Within the Circle: Parents and Children in a Syrian Village plus introductions and English versions of Siham Tergeman's Daughter of Damascus and Samir Tahhan's Folktales of Syria.

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Table of Contents

The Economic and Political Context
• The Cultural Context
• Early Leaders of Abu Dhabi
• Zaid the Great and Consolidation of Abu Dhabi
• The Bani Sultan and the Transformation of Abu Dhabi
• The Maktums (Al Bu Falasa) and the Development of Dubai
• Sharja and Ras al Khaima During Early Qawasim Rule
• Sharja and Ras al Khaima Separate under Qawasim Rule
• Preserving Ajman Independence under Al Bu Khuraiban
• Um al Qaiwain's Survival under the Mualla
• The Sharkiyin and Pursuit of Fujairan Independence
• The Political Culture of Leadership

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