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The Persian Gulf in Modern Times: People, Ports, and History by Lawrence G. Potter (eds.)

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Potter, “The Port of Siraf: Historical Memory and Iran’s Role in the Persian Gulf,” Proceedings of the International Congress of Siraf Port, Nov. 14–16, 2005 (Bushehr, Iran: Bushehr Branch of Iranology Foundation, 2005), 28–49. 22. The pioneering work by Rhoads Murphey and Dilip Basu in particular is key to an understanding of the development of port cities in the colonial context, that is, as gateways to European influence and as lynchpins of regional integration into the world system in the nineteenth century.

30 Increased trade restrictions and onerous taxation resulting from Ottoman and Qajar centralization favored the relocation of merchants and merchant capital to the Arab ports that had remained under the control of independent tribal dynasties. Alongside the pearl boom, this was the crucial factor that determined the economic success of Kuwait, Manama, and Dubai as free ports. 31 After 1900 the establishment of the Imperial Customs Administration in Iran triggered the large-scale migration of major Arab and Persian mercantile communities to the Arab coast, in particular to Dubai and Manama.

2 (2001): 175–87. 2. See, for instance, Yasser Elsheshtawy, Dubai: Behind an Urban Spectacle (New York: Routledge, 2010); Christopher M. Davidson, Dubai: the Vulnerability of Success (London: Hurst, 2008); idem, Abu Dhabi: Oil and Beyond (London: Hurst, 2009); Ahmed Kanna, Dubai: the City as Corporation (Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press, 2011); special section on “Histories of Oil and Urban Modernity in the Middle East,” ed. Nelida Fuccaro, in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East vol.

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