Unveiling Urban Transformations in the Arabian Peninsula:  Dynamics of Global Flows, Multiple Modern

Guest Editors: Ashraf M. Salama and Florian Wiedmann

Special Issue of Open House International Journal 
Volume 38, Issue 4, December 2013

With their varied socio-physical, socio-economic, socio-cultural, and socio-political presence, cities are always been highly differentiated spaces expressive of heterogeneity, diversity of activities, entertainment, excitement, and pleasure. They have been (and still are) melting pots for the formulation of and experimentation with new philosophies and religious and social practices.  Cities produce, reproduce, represent, and convey much of what counts today as culture, knowledge, and politics. Evidently this statement manifests the significance of studying cities. While this edition addresses several cities on the Arabian Peninsula, emphasis is placed on key transformational aspects relevant to five important cities that include Doha, Abu-Dhabi, Riyadh, Kuwait, and Manama. 

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