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Title:
Kuwait
Author:
O'Shea, Maria.
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Publication Information:
New York : Marshall Cavendish Corp., [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
128 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
Summary:
Introduces the geography, history, religious beliefs, government, and people of Kuwait, a small country on the Persian Gulf.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 9.4 4.0 29806.
ISBN:
9780761408710
Format :
Book

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Introduces the geography, history, religious beliefs, government, and people of Kuwait, a small country on the Persian Gulf.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 3
Geographyp. 7
Desert and seashore
Nomads and borders
Climate and weather
Hardly a drop to drink
When the desert blooms
Animal life
Kuwaiti cities
Mina al-Ahmadi, thriving in the desert
Historyp. 19
Old Kuwait
Kuwait develops as a city-state
Britain and Kuwait
Wartime promises
Background to the Iraqi invasion
Iraq invades
A new Kuwait?
The aftermath of war
Governmentp. 31
The National Assembly
The Islamicists and the emir
The bureaucracy
The military
Diwaniyah: A form of democracy?
Economyp. 41
Too rich too fast?
Black gold
What if the oil runs out?
A rentier economy
The effects of oil dependency
An outward facing economy
The world of work
Trading traditions
Transportation
Kuwaitisp. 53
Kuwaitis in the minority
Citizens without citizenship?
Social divisions
Religious divisions
Population changes
Traditional clothes
Lifestylep. 63
A place for everyone within the family
Kuwaiti women: many gains but still a long way to go
Women at work
Women's dress: a private choice?
Birth
Marriage
Divorce
Saving face
Death
Health care
Education
Traditional Kuwaiti houses
The villa
Religionp. 77
Prayer and importance of time
The glorious Koran
The pilgrimage: the aim of a lifetime
The Shi'ites
Non-Muslim religious minorities
Superstition
The mosque
Languagep. 87
Arabic-the language of God
Learning Arabic
You are what you are called
Polite rituals
The media
Artsp. 95
Bedouin arts
Jewelry
Sculpture
Calligraphy
The theater
Architecture
Leisurep. 103
Sports
Shopping: a universal pastime
Hotels, parks, and entertainment centers
Festivalsp. 109
The Islamic festival calendar
Ramadan, a welcome test of endurance
The Ramadan routine
The Festival of the Sacrifice
Foodp. 115
Typical meals
Manners and customs
Bedouin dining
Food preparation
Map of Kuwaitp. 122
Quick Notesp. 124
Glossaryp. 125
Bibliographyp. 126
Indexp. 126