The Persian Gulf in History

Paperback | April 15, 2010

EditorLawrence G. Potter

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This book is an edited volume surveying the history of the Persian Gulf from ancient times until the present day. Chapters by leading authorities summarize the internal history of the region and highlight the role outsiders, including the Portuguese, Dutch, Ottomans, British and Americans, have played there. A major theme is the unity and distinct identity of Gulf society and how the Gulf historically has been part of a cosmopolitan Indian Ocean world. Until now, an inability to conceptualize the Gulf's history as a whole has resulted in scholarly attention being focused on small parts of it. This book will instead focus on the society of the entire Gulf littoral and emphasize the connections between the Arab and Persian coasts.

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This book is an edited volume surveying the history of the Persian Gulf from ancient times until the present day. Chapters by leading authorities summarize the internal history of the region and highlight the role outsiders, including the Portuguese, Dutch, Ottomans, British and Americans, have played there. A major theme is the unity ...

Lawrence G. Potter  has been Deputy Director of Gulf/2000 since 1994 and has taught at Columbia University since 1996, where he is Adjunct Associate Professor of International Affairs. A graduate of Tufts College, he received an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:April 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230612822

ISBN - 13:9780230612822

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Table of Contents

Introduction--Lawrence G. Potter * PART I: GULF HISTORY AND SOCIETY * The Archaeology and Early History of the Persian Gulf--Daniel Potts * The Persian Gulf in the Pre-Islamic Period: Sasanian Perspectives--Touraj Daryaee * The Gulf in the Early Islamic Period--Donald Whitcomb * The Kings of Hormuz--Mohammad Bagher Vosoughi * Boom and Bust: The Port of Basra in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century--Rudi Matthee * The Cultural Unity of the Indian Ocean--M. Redha Bhacker * The Gulf and the Swahili Coast: A History of Acculturation over the Longue Durée--Abdul Sheriff * Ties between India and the Gulf--Patricia Risso * The Arab Presence on the Iranian Coast of the Persian Gulf--Shahnaz Nadjmabadi * Gulf Society Today: An Anthropologist's View of the Khalijis--William Beeman * PART II: THE ROLE OF OUTSIDERS * The Portuguese Presence in the Persian Gulf--João Teles e Cunha * Dutch Relations with the Persian Gulf--Willem Floor * The Ottoman Role in the Gulf--Frederick Anscombe * Britain and the Gulf: At the Periphery of Empire--John Peterson * The U.S. Role in the Gulf--Gary Sick

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“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