In the is political life of Mubarak Al-Sabah, ruler of Kuwait from 1896 to 1915, B. J. Slot examines his career in unsurpassed detail, analysing its significance and presenting a balanced assessment of the man and his achievement. In doing so, he draws on a much wider range of sources than any previous biography
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Dr Ben J Slot is a Dutch historian specialising in the early modern history of the Mediterranean and the Middle East. His work has focused on the origins and early history of Kuwait and the Gulf States William Facey is a historian of Arabia. He is also a museum consultant and a director of the London Centre of Arab Studies.Review:
“The portrait sketched by B. J. Slot is that of a small shaykhdom at the mercy of complex international machinations involving the British, the Ottomans, the Germans, the Russians, the French, the Al Sa‘ud, and the Al Rashid. ... Mubarak Al-Sabah is a very detailed diplomatic history and a largely European one at that. ... Mubarak is portrayed in a very favorable light – fully aware of the international situation, astute in how much he could accomplish, and canny in dealing with stronger powers and neighbors despite his self-characterization as ‘a simple Arab sitting on the edge of the desert’. ... The book includes a very useful guide to archival sources, and it is a relief to be able to read a book with actual footnotes.” (J. E. Peterson International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 40, 2008)
“B. J. Slot has produced a meticulously researched political biography of Shaikh Mubarak Al-Sabah that also serves as a first-class history of Kuwait at the turn of the last century and during the build-up to the First World War.” (Christopher Davidson Asian Affairs)
“In literature on Kuwaiti history, there is generally little written about the Al-Sabah dynasty, and particularly about the influential and charismatic Mubarak Al-Sabah. B. J. Slot’s work fills this gap. ... Mubarak advanced the interests of Kuwait and assured international recognition of his dynasty in an environment of vying Western colonial powers and Ottoman forces. ... Mubarak Al-Sabah ... is a useful addition to the historical literature on the political development of Kuwait. For historians, a distinguishing feature of this text is the comprehensive use of existing sources.” (Jack L. Babcock MESA Bulletin 41:1, 2007)
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Book Description Arabian Publishing, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0954479246