Contemporary Persian Gulf: Essays in Honour of Gulshan Dietl, Prakash Chandra Jain and Grijesh Pant

P R Kumaraswamy and Md. Muddassir Quamar

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Since the outbreak of the Arab Spring the Middle East is going through a turbulent phase as violence, internal conflicts and civil wars are ravaging a number of countries. Even relatively stable Gulf monarchies are not untouched by the impact of popular demand for change. For India, the Persian Gulf is an extended neighbourhood and the region of vital importance receives scant attention. In the light of the Arab Spring, Iranian nuclear deal and the rise of ISIS, it has become impossible for India to be indifferent to the changing internal dynamics. This anthology presents a broad view of the social, political and economic dimensions of the Gulf region and their relevance and significance through issues such as renewable energy, sustainable development, and education policy.


Professor P. R. Kumaraswamy teaches contemporary Middle East in Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is the honorary director of Middle East Institute, New Delhi and edits Contemporary Review of the Middle East, a quarterly published by Sage.

Md. Muddassir Quamar is doctoral candidate in School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and is specialising on reforms in Saudi Arabia.


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About the Contributors

1. Introduction

P. R. Kumaraswamy

2. Investment in Renewable Energy in the GCC States: Status and Policy Options

Sameena Hameed

3. Transition to a Green Economy: Emerging Challenges for the GCC Countries

Kannan Ambalam

4. Trajectories of Education Policy in Saudi Arabia

Md. Muddassir Quamar

5. Shiism, Rentier State and Illiberal Democracy in Iran


6. Sectarianism, Geopolitical Rivalry and the Syrian Civil War

Stanly Johny

7. The Widening Gulf: Arab Spring and the Saudi-Iranian Divide

Prasanta Kumar Pradhan

8. Qatar-Hamas Relations: Between Strategic Calculations and Ideological Ties


9. India – GCC FTA: Ray of Opportunities


10. Thicker than Oil: The India-Iraqi TiesKallolBhattacherjee

11. Profile: GulshanDietl

12. Profile: Prakash Chandra Jain

13. Profile: Girijesh Pant


P R Kumaraswamy and Md. Muddassir Quamar



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