Neither the desert nor the sown: the towns of the Arabian Gulf from the 18th to the 20th centuries

Saturday 4 August 2018,
BP Lecture Theatre
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In this lecture Professor Robert Carter, UCL Qatar, will explore the origins, urban character, economic bases and people of the Gulf towns, using a range of historical, archaeological, geographical and anthropological approaches.

The majority of the towns on the Arabian shore were founded during the 18th and 19th centuries, and despite their apparent isolation (from a European perspective) all were heavily reliant on global trade for their origins and survival. Despite their relatively recent origins, these towns developed from a very ancient tradition of urbanism in the Gulf, and likewise built upon millennia-old trading networks in the western Indian Ocean.

Following an overview of their foundation and historical context, Professor Carter will use case studies to examine their urban character, historical geography and changing material culture, from their foundation up to the coming of oil.

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