Author Facey, William
Title Kuwait by the first photographers/ William Facey and Gillian Grant.
Type of Material book
Publication etc. (Imprint) London, New York: I. B. Tauris, 1999.
Physical description 128 pages: illustrations, maps; 29 cm.
ISBN 978-1-86064-271-5
Subject - Geographic term Kuwait--History--20th century .
Language Note English
Added author Grant, Gillian
Call Number DS247.K88 F285 1999
Other call number R-KUW-Kuw-1
STOCKRIYC47579 Region Related Arab Image Foundation Reference

Kuwait by the First Photographers documents the period between 1900 and 1950, which saw Kuwait's emergence from a vulnerable sheikhdom negotiating a precarious independence among neighboring powers--the British in India and the Gulf, the Ottoman Turks in Mesopotamia, and the central Arabian chieftaincies of Ha'il and Riyadh--to a nation-state with the highest per capita income in the world. It is an outstanding visual record of a crucial time before the centuries-old way of life, centred on pearling, fishing, boat-building and trade by land and sea, was swept away. Kuwait's people, with no natural resources of their own, not even fresh water, managed by skillful use of their geopolitical position and traditional skills to make Kuwait not only the foremost Arabian port in the Gulf, but also a force to be reckoned with in north-east Arabia. European fascination with the Arab way of life is reflected in the photographs of many renowned travellers including Freya Stark, Alan Villiers and Wilfred Thesiger.

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