'This book on the modern history of one of the major port cities in the Persian Gulf is a major achievement and represents a milestone in the field. … The book is very rich in detail.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
This book examines the political and social life of the Gulf city and its coastline, as exemplified by Manama in Bahrain. Written as an ethnography of space, politics and community, it addresses the changing relationship between urban development, politics and society before and after the discovery of oil.