As the first Gulf city to experience oil urbanisation, Kuwait City’s transformation in the mid-twentieth century inaugurated a now-familiar regional narrative: a small traditional town of mudbrick courtyard houses and plentiful foot traffic transformed into a modern city with marble-fronted buildings, vast suburbs and wide highways.
Al-Nakib traces the relationships between the urban landscape, patterns and practices of everyday life, social behaviours and relations in Kuwait. The book makes a call for a restoration of the city that modern planning eliminated. But this is not simply a case of nostalgia for a lost landscape, lifestyle or community. It is a claim for a “”right to the city””—the right of all inhabitants to shape and use the spaces of their city to meet their own needs and desires.
About the Author
Farah Al-Nakib is Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Center for Gulf Studies at the American University of Kuwait.
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