Qatar: A Modern History

What function does Qatar play within the heart East and the way does it fluctuate from the opposite Gulf states? How has the ruling Al-Thani kinfolk formed Qatar from a conventional tribal society and British protectorate to a contemporary kingdom? How has Qatar turn into an financial superpower with one of many maximum in line with capita earning on this planet? What are the social, political, and monetary effects of Qatar's super swift development?

In this groundbreaking historical past of recent Qatar, Allen J. Fromherz provides an entire portrait that analyzes Qatar's an important position within the center East and its turning out to be nearby effect inside of a broader historic context. Drawing on unique resources in Arabic, English, and French in addition to his personal fieldwork within the center East, the writer deftly lines the effect of the Ottoman and British empires and Qatar's Gulf acquaintances at the kingdom ahead of Qatar's meteoric upward thrust within the post-independence era.

Fromherz supplies specific weight to the nation's fiscal and social heritage, from its modest origins within the pearling and fishing industries to the substantial monetary clout it exerts at the present time, a clout that incorporates having the second-highest usual gasoline reserves within the area. He additionally seems to be at what the long run holds for Qatar's financial system because the kingdom attempts to diversify past oil and fuel. in addition, the e-book examines the anomaly of Qatar the place monarchy, conventional tribal tradition, and conservative Islamic values seem to coexist with extremely glossy improvement and a wide inhabitants of overseas employees who outnumber Qatari citizens.

This e-book is as specified because the kingdom it documents―a multi-faceted photo of the political, cultural, non secular, social, and monetary make up of recent Qatar and its value in the Gulf Cooperation Council and the broader zone.

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Not just will this be the 1st significant, world wide wearing occasion for Qatar, it'd be the 1st global Cup hosted within the Arab global. This areas Qatar able of prominence, specially within the well known Arab mind's eye. soccer is a well-liked obession for plenty of within the Arab international and North Africa. Seeing the sport occur in Qatar will solidify the sensation that Doha is turning into the heart not just of stories and international relations but additionally of a much wider Arabic-speaking global group. It used to be definitely successful for Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, son of the Emir, and chair of the Qatar bid committee. even though there are a few setbacks corresponding to the debate over the 2022 global Cup bid, Qatar is likely to be so much astute in international relations. whilst america wanted a base for its Iraq operations after leaving Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia thought of itself the holy floor of the 2 holy mosques. Having American troops on Saudi soil hence angered many Saudis. 22 QATAR – a brand new version OF MODERNITY? notwithstanding, the United States nonetheless wanted a base at the Arabian Peninsula. Qatar supplied a manner out of the crisis. Sheikh Hamad licensed Qatari land for the large Al-Udeid air-force base, headquarters of primary Command (CENTCOM), approximately 20 miles outdoors Doha. Its 15,000 toes airstrip is the longest within the area. forty six while, although, Qatar usually vehemently hostile sanctions opposed to Iran in the course of its transitority tenure on the UN protection Council. in contrast to its neighbours, Qatar allowed for the institution of an Israeli advertisement curiosity part at the same time it was once an incredible donor to Lebanese households whose houses have been bombed throughout the Israeli–Lebanese struggle. even if the curiosity part was once close down in 2009, those ancient overtures to Israel have been precise within the zone. forty seven extra lately, Qatari jets have participated in NATO and Arab League bombings opposed to Colonel Muammar Qaddafi in Libya. Qatar has supported anti-Qaddafi rebels maybe extra vigorously than any Arab country and has advertised rebel-supplied oil. forty eight because the institution of Al-Jazeera in 1995, an analogous yr as Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa’s succession, Qatar has develop into a theatre and a degree for the displaying of suppressed critiques, where the place the debates and discussions which are outlawed and punished in different Arab and Islamic nations are allowed and sometimes even inspired. a few American diplomats have criticized Al-Jazeera for its journalistic bias as strongly as they criticize media in dictatorial regimes within the Arab League, specially Saudi Arabia. actually, because the pupil Ahmed Saif notes, the director of Al-Jazeera and plenty of of its key employees are affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, inflicting a few to take a position that ‘Al-Jazeera presents an open and available platform for the Muslim Brotherhood’. forty nine regardless of the aptitude bias of its administrators, a bias that can elevate its well known allure one of the huge variety of audience sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood and its competition to authoritarian regimes and neo-imperialism, Al-Jazeera needn't be troubled with gains.

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