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Andrew Gardner


The Transforming Landscape of Doha: An Essay on Urbanism and Urbanization in Qatar

[Venice in Qatar (2010). Image by Kristin Giordano.]

Doha is a boom city on the Arabian littoral and the singular pre-eminent urban agglomeration on the low Qatari peninsula. Like many other cities on the coast of the Arabian Peninsula, the city has long been entwined in the maritime trade routes of the Indian Ocean world. The city grew around the native pearling industry while simultaneously adjusting to a variety of imperial, colonial, and tribal engagements. Hydrocarbons were discovered in 1939, but their exploitation and a ...

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Andrew Gardner


Andrew Gardner is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, USA. He is the author of City of Strangers: Gulf Migration and the Indian Community in Bahrain (2010) and numerous other scholarly articles concerning the Gulf States. His interests and current research in the region is multifaceted.

Kristin Giordano, whose work is discussed here, is a photographer based in Tacoma, Washington. Her recent show, Landscape and Transformation, showed at the Kittredge Gallery at the University of Puget Sound. She has exhibited widely in the last decades. Her work will next appear in a collaborative exhibit at NYU Abu Dhabi.