Accession Number : ADA289144

Title :   Area Handbook Series: Persian Gulf States Country Studies

Corporate Author : LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC FEDERAL RESEARCH DIV

Personal Author(s) : Metz, Helen C.

PDF Url : ADA289144

Report Date : JAN 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 480

Abstract : THE COUNTRIES OF THE PERSIAN GULF covered in this volume-Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates-have assumed added prominence as a result of Operation Desert Shield in 1990 and the Persian Gulf War in 1991. These states share certain characteristics while simultaneously differing from one another in various respects. Islam has played a major role in each of the Persian Gulf states, although Kuwait and Bahrain reflect a greater secular influence than the other three. Moreover, the puritanical Wahhabi (see Glossary) Sunni (see Glossary) sect prevails in Qatar; Bahrain has a majority population of Shia (see Glossary), a denomination of the faith that constitutes a minority in Islam as a whole; and the people of Oman represent primarily a minor sect within Shia Islam, the Ibadi.

Descriptors :   *COMMERCE, *PERSIAN GULF, *HISTORY, *HANDBOOKS, *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, *PETROLEUM INDUSTRY, KUWAIT, ECONOMIC ANALYSIS, NATIONAL SECURITY, ISLAM, PUBLIC HEALTH, GAS GENERATING SYSTEMS, SOCIAL WELFARE, REFINERIES, BAHRAIN, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, OIL FIELDS, OMAN GULF.

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Government and Political Science
      Geography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE