Transnational Connections and the Arab Gulf by Madawi Al-Rasheed

By Madawi Al-Rasheed

Transnational Connections and the Arab Gulf presents a research of transnational cultural flows within the Gulf quarter and past. It combines an realizing of the region's old connections with the surface global and an review of latest results of those connections.

The individuals gathered right here learn and map ancient and modern manifestations of transnational networks inside this zone, linking them to wider debates on society, identification and political tradition.

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Their employer, the customs collector himself, was a Ja‘fari Shi‘i from Qatif, as were his partner and his chief assistant. The shaykh of one village north of Hufuf was also a Ja‘fari, while the shaykh of another east of the town was a Maliki. Several Hanbali shop-owners and porters from Hufuf were also among those interviewed. 11 The Ottoman government itself, while also certainly having little reason to trust the Wahhabis, seems to have tolerated them to a surprising degree. Said Pasha’s accuser, Abdülhamid Bey, claimed that the judge in Hufuf under Said, Seyyid Mehmed Sabit, was a Wahhabi, ignorant of both the shari‘ah and Ottoman secular law.

First, the sancak of Necd was incorporated into either the Baghdad or the Basrah province throughout its time under direct Ottoman rule, and the provincial capitals had many of their own locally recruited men who could fill positions, from those of great importance, such as that of judge (the Baghdadi Seyyid Mehmed Sabit), to those of much more modest, local importance (such as Halaf Efendi, a Tayy tribesman from Basrah, who before 1893 was müdir of ‘Udayd in Qatar, a position which existed only on paper, and then served as chief secretary on the Necd court of appeals31).

37 BBA, Dahiliye Nezareti – Muhâberât-i Umûmiye I·daresi 50–1/21, Mahmud Mahır Bey’s service record. 38 The system of elite schools which specialized in training future state officers extended beyond the famous Mülkiye and Harbiye to include such institutions as the Tribal School, which catered to the sons of influential men in heavily tribal areas of the empire, including Arabia, Libya, Iraq, Kurdistan and Albania. See Eugene Rogan, ‘As¸ iret Mektebi: Abdülhamid II’s School for Tribes’, International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 28/1 (February 1996): 83–107.

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