12 volumes, 7,500 pages, including 1 box of family trees
Editor: A. De L. Rush. Consultant P. Tuson, formerly Head of Middle East archives, British Library (Oriental & India Office Collections). Published: 1991
Paper: Printed on acid free paper
Binding: Library bindings with gilt finish. Front cover carries country crest.
Recent developments in the Middle East continues to throw into question the long term stability of the political regimes and the roles of the ruling families in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf. Yet the most significant political feature of the Gulf states and Arabia today remains the continuing predominance of its ruling families over all aspects of life in the region. By retaining de facto control over the oil revenues of their respective states, they exert a pivotal force in political activity within and beyond the Middle East. So too, the size of their export orders and the vast scale of their investments are key determinants in the matrix of international trade and the world´s money markets. No other families are richer or more influential.
In view of this, the uncertainties about the future leadership of the entire region make the publication of this work, comprising twelve volumes on the nature and origins of the ruling families, particularly welcome and well-timed.
ARRANGEMENT OF VOLUMES
Saudi Arabia: the Royal Family of Al-Sa'ud (2 volumes)
Jordan: the Royal Family of Al-Hashim (2 volumes)
Kuwait: the Ruling Family of Al-Sabah (1 volume)
Bahrain: the Ruling Family of Al-Khalifah (1 volume)
Qatar: the Ruling Family of Al-Thani (1 volume)
Oman: the Royal Family of Al Bu Sa'id (2 volumes)
United Arab Emirates (2 volumes):
Box of genealogical tables.