Popular Culture and Political Identity in the Arab Gulf States

Edited by Alanoud Alsharekh and Robert Springborg

As the Gulf assumes an ever more important identity in the global political economy, we see the emergence of a new popular and political culture underpinning its increasingly self-confident national identities.

This volume explores the new dynamism of the Gulf, reflected not just in high-rise buildings and booming stock markets, but also manifested in the realms of art, ideas and expression, and their relationships with political authority.

Contributors include figures instrumental to the emergence of these new identities, including artists, broadcasters and cultural commentators.

About the Editor(s)

Alanoud Alsharekh is a member of the Advisory Council of the London Middle East Institute (LMEI) at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Robert Springborg is MBI Al Jaber Chair in Middle East Studies at SOAS and director of the LMEI.


12 pages of black & white photographs