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Gateways to the world : port cities in the Persian Gulf

Author: Mehran Kamrava; Georgetown University. Center for International and Regional Studies.
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Persian Gulf region has become home to some of the world's fastest growing, most impressive cities, many of them with global aspirations. Gateways to the World presents an in-depth, systematic, and multi-disciplinary approach to the study of these cities. It begins with a broader look at how the emergence and significance of cities along the Persian Gulf waterway should be contextualized. It then moves to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mehran Kamrava; Georgetown University. Center for International and Regional Studies.
ISBN: 9780190499372 0190499370
OCLC Number: 922914134
Notes: "Georgetown University, Qatar, Center for International and Regional Studies."
Description: xv, 282 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction / Mehran Kamrava --
From port cities to cities with ports: towards a multiscalar history of Persian Gulf urbanism in the twentieth century / Arang Keshavarzian --
Contemporary port cities in the Persian Gulf: local gateways and global networks / Mehran Kamrava --
An historical examination of territory and infrastructure in the Trucial States / Stephen Ramos --
Gulf urbanism: the semantic field of a category space / Ahmed Kanna --
The emerging urban landscape in the Southern Persian Gulf / Ashraf M. Salama --
Real estate liberalization as catalyst of urban transformation in the Persian Gulf / Florian Wiedmann --
Neoliberal urbanization and smart cities in the Gulf Region: the case of Abu Dhabi's Masdar City / Remah Gharib, M. Evren Tok and Mohammad Zebian --
Urban dynamics in Iranian port cities: growth, informality, and decay in Bandar Abbas / Pooya Alaedini and Mehrdad Javaheripour --
Residential satisfaction and place identity in a traditional neighborhood: the case of Mutrah, Oman / Marike Bontenbal.
Responsibility: Mehran Kamrava, editor.

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"The Persian Gulf region has become home to some of the world's fastest growing, most impressive cities, many of them with global aspirations. Gateways to the World presents an in-depth, systematic, and multi-disciplinary approach to the study of these cities. It begins with a broader look at how the emergence and significance of cities along the Persian Gulf waterway should be contextualized. It then moves to historical examinations of the emergence of national borders and boundaries, how they became 'port cities' of various kinds, what are the semantics of studying them, and what the glittering skylines and cityscapes and their remaining traditional neighborhoods mean for the international political economy and for the identity of their residents. Alongside such aspiring global cities as Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai there are port cities that appear to have their best days behind them, and others that have largely retained their traditional fabrics. This book presents a comprehensive study of the nature and variety, the importance, and the domestic and international consequences of port cities along the Persian Gulf."--Publisher description.

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