Peter Clark was a romantic. He did not want to be sent to Abu Dhabi in 1988 to run the British Council in the United Arab Emirates, a country which he felt was brash, consumerist and lacking in history. He preferred established countries, steeped in history with ruins and antique architecture. Cover illustration byChess Heward.
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Long before European empires came to dominate the Middle East, Britain was brought face to face with Islam through the activities of the Barbary corsairs. For three centuries after 1500, Muslim ships based in North African ports terrorized European shipping, capturing thousands of vessels and enslaving hundreds of thousands of Christians.
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Complete with fascinating photographs depicting times present and past, this book delves into a particular aspect of Omani maritime history and explores every aspect of the last fully functioning ghanja in Oman, as well as the people that sailed them.
Much of this book is a record of the time the author spent between 1965 and 1970 as an English teacher in Aneiza – a provincial town in central Saudi Arabia. In an entertaining series of anecdotes, he describes the daily life and customs of its people, his relations with colleagues and students at the local secondary school, and the events leading up to his ‘removal’ from the town he had come to regard as home, his transfer to Riyadh, and final departure from the country.
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Though inhabited for millennia, Kuwait began to emerge as an Arab shaikhdom relatively late. Entering the historical record during the early 18th century as a junction of caravan and sea routes, it quickly grew to be a commercial rival to Basra at the head of the Gulf.
Living to Some Purpose is the autobiography of Dr Adnan Pachachi, one of the most distinguished politicians of the last century. Here he describes his career from its beginning in Iraq as Ambassador to the United Nations, to his time as a member of the Iraqi Parliament from 2006-2010.
A personal narrative by a native Zanzibari official who fled the revolution after being imprisoned and came to Oman via Libya. At 94 years of age Saud Al Busaidi has proved himself to be a master storyteller in true Omani fashion. This book is as informative and fascinating as it is heart-warming and inspiring.
Molecules, Mind and Matter:
How the Arabian Gulf Became a Global Petrochemical Hub
This pioneering study provides the first-ever account of the extraordinary entrepreneurs who created a new industrial pillar for the economies of the countries in the Arabian Gulf region. It is an important, untold story of progress and hope and of modern technology transforming waste into valued products.