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Exploring the history of the Persian Gulf from ancient times until the present day, leading authorities treat the internal history of the region and describe the role outsiders have played there. The book focuses on the unity and identity of Gulf society and how the Gulf historically has been part of a cosmopolitan Indian Ocean world.


Description

Exploring the history of the Persian Gulf from ancient times until the present day, leading authorities treat the internal history of the region and describe the role outsiders have played there. The book focuses on the unity and identity of Gulf society and how the Gulf historically has been part of a cosmopolitan Indian Ocean world.


Reviews

"The Persian Gulf in History is a very timely volume. . . It will be indispensable reading for anyone interested in a region whose strategic, political, economic, and financial importance has grown spectacularly in the last four decades. The book is well put together and extremely readable. It should be required for any university-level course on Gulf history and deserves to be on the bookshelf of any serious Gulf scholar." - Uzi Rabi, International Journal of Middle East Studies

"Together, the fifteen contributors provide a multilayered picture of the many historical processes that shaped the modern-day Gulf. The constancy of external power interventions and the cosmopolitan nature of an integrated south Asian-Indian Ocean community stand out from the analysis." - Middle East Policy

"This book provides a fresh, strikingly original and informative reexamination of the history of the Persian Gulf. It encourages us to see the Gulf not as a collection of disparate states but as a unit, with a unique and common culture based on extensive trade, fluid movement of peoples, and a tolerance for diversity. It will be indispensable reading for anyone interested in a region whose strategic, political, economic and financial importance has grown spectacularly in the last four decades." - Shaul Bakhash, Clarence Robinson Professor of History, George Mason University

"The Gulf countries, the keys to the security and economic future of the Middle East, receive meager attention, at best, in university studies. Few professors visit there, and those who visit but one or two countries inevitably come away with skewed impressions. Never has a general work on the history of a region been more sorely needed. And never has there been greater justification for presenting a history as a series of articles embodying various authorial viewpoints. Historical thinking about the Gulf as a whole is still in an embryonic stage, but this collection provides some of the insights that will help its speedy maturation." - Richard W. Bulliet, Professor of History, Columbia University

"The ‘Persian Gulf in History’ brings together a collection of essays of outstanding importance and quality, each written by a leading authority in the field. This volume represents a signal achievement in the study of the Gulf as a single unit of analysis, from its earliest history until recent times. It also illustrates in fine detail the multiple connections and entanglements between the Gulf and the outside world, whether it be the Indian Ocean or the European and American powers. The picture that emerges is complex, richly textured and marks a new standard in the scholarship on this exceptionally important, yet understudied, part of the world." - Bernard Haykel, Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University


Contents

Introduction; L.G.Potter
PART I: GULF HISTORY AND SOCIETY
The Archaeology and Early History of the Persian Gulf; D.Potts
The Persian Gulf in the Pre-Islamic Period: Sasanian Perspectives; T.Daryaee
he Gulf in the Early Islamic Period; D.Whitcomb
The Kings of Hormuz; M.B.Vosoughi
Boom and Bust: The Port of Basra in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century; R.Matthee
The Cultural Unity of the Indian Ocean; M.R.Bhacker
The Gulf and the Swahili Coast: A History of Acculturation over the Longue Durée; A.Sheriff
Ties between India and the Gulf; P.Risso
The Arab Presence on the Iranian Coast of the Persian Gulf; S.Nadjmabadi
Gulf Society Today: An Anthropologist's View of the Khalijis; W.Beeman PART II: THE ROLE OF OUTSIDERS
The Portuguese Presence in the Persian Gulf; J.Teles e Cunha
Dutch Relations with the Persian Gulf; W.Floor
The Ottoman Role in the Gulf; F.Anscombe
Britain and the Gulf: At the Periphery of Empire; J.Peterson
The U.S. Role in the Gulf; G.Sick


Authors

LAWRENCE G POTTER is Deputy Director of Gulf/2000 and Adjunct Associate Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University, USA.