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Farah al-Nakib

New Texts Out Now: Farah Al-Nakib, Kuwait Transformed: A History of Oil and Urban Life

Farah Al-Nakib, Kuwait Transformed: A History of Oil and Urban Life (Stanford University Press, 2016). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Farah Al-Nakib (FA): This book is the culmination of nearly ten years of research on Kuwait’s urban social history, which I began working on in 2006 for my doctoral dissertation. But in many ways, I have been thinking about the kinds of urban and social transformations that I address in this book for much longer, ever since I ...

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Understanding Modernity: A Review of the Kuwait Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

 [The Kuwait Pavilion in the Arsenale during the public opening on 7 June 2014. Photo by Roberto Fabbri.]

On 6 June 2014, the Kuwait pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia’s 14th International Architecture Exhibition opened with a restaging of an event that took place three decades earlier: the ceremonial opening of the Kuwait National Museum. Under the heading “Acquiring Modernity” (responding to the overall Biennale theme “Absorbing Modernity”), the Kuwait pavilion seeks to “articulate the nation’s history of modernization” by focusing its participation on the history of ...

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Bio

Farah al-Nakib

 

Farah Al-Nakib is assistant professor of history and director of the Center for Gulf Studies at the American University of Kuwait. She received her M.A. (2006) and Ph.D. (2011) in history from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She is currently working on her book manuscript on Kuwait’s urbanization and the historical transformation of urban space and everyday life between 1716 and 1990. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at the George Washington University’s Institute for Middle East Studies (fall 2014), researching the effects the 1990-91 Iraqi occupation of Kuwait on state-building, social dynamics, and national identity. Her work has been published in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, the Journal of Arabian Studies, Built Environment, City, and elsewhere.