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Waleed Hazbun

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Arabian Tragedy, or Noir?

The first page of the preface to Farah Al-Nakib’s Kuwait Transformed: A History of Oil and Urban Life (Stanford University Press, 2016) begins with the author sitting in a community garden in Kuwait. She is chatting with one Maryam, who is explaining the garden’s origins by recalling that some years ago she wondered to herself that something was missing in this city she lived in. In stark contrast to the preface’s rather bucolic and ponderous mood, the book’s introduction ...

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Waleed Hazbun is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Studies and a former Director of CAMES. He is the author of Beaches, Ruins, Resorts: The Politics of Tourism in the Arab World (2008), as well as a number of articles and essays on the critical geopolitics of the Middle East and US policy towards the region. He is currently at work on a new book project on the global politics of aviation.