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Modelling of internal migration to new cities is challenging, yet necessary to ensure that these newly established urban areas will be populated and function as intended.
May Seikaly, F arah A l -N akib. Kuwait Transformed: A History of Oil and Urban Life is a remarkable book, enlightening and solid, that reflects the maturity of scholarship on the Persian Gulf and by Gulf nationals. She also has been keen to frame this task in academic terms that transcend the local and project the process into its global context and comparative theoretical dimensions.
In that she has been utterly successful and brings us a story that runs like a detective novel, weaving the various dimensions of a very complex and evolving change process and thus unveiling the historical trajectory and elements behind the creation of modern Kuwait and its current society.
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Books focusing on Kuwait are relatively few and far between. Kuwait lacks the scale and punch of Saudi Arabia, the glamour and glitz of the United Arab Emirates, and the curious ambitions and power of Qatar. This is a shame for those with an interest in the small Gulf state, for its idiosyncrasies are worthy of more attention. But Kuwaitophiles are in luck for Farah Al-Nakib has written an immensely readable and impressive book. Many of these issues have long been attributed to the externalities of oil wealth. On this point, Al-Nakib agrees. But throughout the book she provides a more nuanced causal mechanism.
Accueil Arabian Humanities 11 Imaginer les villes du Golfe : du Urban Images and Imaginaries: Gul Atkins, is meant to echo the sail of a ship. If the content sometimes varies, the images themselves are recurrent, as are the narratives they express. The continuities they draw between past and present, between heritage sites and vanguard architectures, underline the rapidity of urban change in the region since the second half of the 20 th century.
As the first Gulf city to experience oil urbanization, Kuwait City's transformation in the mid-twentieth century inaugurated a now-familiar regional narrative: a small traditional town of mudbrick courtyard houses and plentiful foot traffic transformed into a modern city with marble-fronted buildings, vast suburbs, and wide highways. In Kuwait Transformed , Farah Al-Nakib connects the city's past and present, from its settlement in to the twenty-first century, through the bridge of oil discovery. She traces the relationships between the urban landscape, patterns and practices of everyday life, and social behaviors and relations in Kuwait. The history that emerges reveals how decades of urban planning, suburbanization, and privatization have eroded an open, tolerant society and given rise to the insularity, xenophobia, and divisiveness that characterize Kuwaiti social relations today. The book makes a call for a restoration of the city that modern planning eliminated. But this is not simply a case of nostalgia for a lost landscape, lifestyle, or community.
Kuwait Transformed analyzes the intricate relationship between the urban landscape, the patterns and practices of everyday life, and social behaviors and relations in Kuwait over the transition from the pre-oil to oil eras. Richard Nedjat-Haiem: "Kuwait's relationship to its neighbors, India and East Africa, is equally valuable as an equally dynamic city-state with a different cultural context. Al-Nakib's book therefore provides much needed depth in the history and consequences of urban development in the Middle East region. The author herself is Kuwaiti, and her deep and intimate engagement with the city is evident through the pages of the text.
Farah Al-Nakib. As the first Gulf city to experience oil urbanization, Kuwait City's transformation in the mid-twentieth century inaugurated a now-familiar regional narrative: a small traditional town of mudbrick courtyard houses and plentiful foot traffic transformed into a modern city with marble-fronted buildings, vast suburbs, and wide highways. In Kuwait Transformed , Farah Al-Nakib connects the city's past and present, from its settlement in to the twenty-first century, through the bridge of oil discovery.
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