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    Tribal Revival in the Gulf: A Trojan Horse or a Threat to National Identities?

Tribal Revival in the Gulf: A Trojan Horse or a Threat to National Identities?

by Maryam Al-Kuwari
This memo was presented part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 13 June 2018, looking at Tribe and State in the Middle East.

The metaphor of the Trojan horse, which originated in Greek mythology, is often referenced in political science. It relates to situations where an enemy is permitted into one’s territory through disguising themselves as something […]

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    From Tankers to Tablets: Is Kuwait Ready for a Digital Evolution?

From Tankers to Tablets: Is Kuwait Ready for a Digital Evolution?

by Fahed Al-Sumait
With some of the Arabian Peninsula’s best and worst digital indicators, what do we really know about Kuwait’s digital ecosystem?

 

 

It is a truism that the digital era has brought about transformative changes in global society. In relative terms, the world is still at the beginning of what the World Economic Forum refers to as the Fourth Industrial […]

August 24th, 2018|GCC, Research|0 Comments|
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    Book Review – Calvert W. Jones’ Bedouins into Bourgeois: Remaking Citizens for Globalization

Book Review – Calvert W. Jones’ Bedouins into Bourgeois: Remaking Citizens for Globalization

by Madawi Al-Rasheed

The formation of the state in the Arab Gulf, a late twentieth-century development, was accompanied by top-down social engineering in which oil rent was deployed to achieve various objectives. Substantial wealth created huge state bureaucracies, new cities, educational institutions, oil installations, welfare services, local and global financial corporations, heritage industries, health provisions, and many other services associated […]

August 6th, 2018|Book Reviews, GCC|0 Comments|
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    Tribal Social Evolution and Gender: Conflict in Urbanized Tribal Units

Tribal Social Evolution and Gender: Conflict in Urbanized Tribal Units

by Alanoud Alsharekh
This memo was presented part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 13 June 2018, looking at Tribe and State in the Middle East.

The issue of assimilation and resistance into and against new cultures is a typical part of city life for urbanized tribal units across the Arabian Gulf States. The desire to embrace a metropolitan lifestyle […]

Gulf Nationalism and Invented Traditions

by Natalie Koch
This memo was presented part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 13 June 2018, looking at Tribe and State in the Middle East.

Falconry is an important nationalist symbol in many countries, but perhaps nowhere does it figure so prominently in identity narratives as in the Gulf Arab states. Part of a broader romanticization of the Arabian […]

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