This reading list includes books and papers related to the Arabian Peninsula, infrastructure and logistics. This is by no means an exhaustive list on the topics and we will continue to update it.

Arabian Peninsula

Aarts, P. and Nonneman, G., 2005. Saudi Arabia in the Balance. Political Economy.

Al-Naqeeb, K.N., 2012. Society and state in the Gulf and Arab Peninsula: a different perspective (Vol. 4). Routledge.

Al-Rasheed, M. ed., 2004. Transnational connections and the Arab Gulf. Routledge.

Al-Rasheed, M., 2008. Kingdom without borders: Saudi political, religious and media expansion. Hurst and Co.

Beblawi, H. and Luciani, G. eds., 2015. The rentier state. Routledge.

Beblawi, H., 1987. The rentier state in the Arab world. Arab Studies Quarterly, pp.383-398

Chalcraft, J., 2011. Migration and Popular Protest in the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf in the 1950s and 1960s. International Labor and Working-Class History79(1), pp.28-47.

Chalcraft, J., 2011. Migration politics in the Arabian Peninsula. Routledge.

Crystal, J., 1995. Oil and politics in the Gulf: Rulers and merchants in Kuwait and Qatar (Vol. 24). Cambridge University Press.

Davidson, C., 2013. After the Sheikhs: the coming collapse of the Gulf monarchies. Hurst.

Davidson, C.M., 2011. Power and politics in the Persian Gulf monarchies. Columbia University Press.

Dresch, P. and Piscatori, J.P., 2005. Monarchies and nations: Globalization and identity in the Arab states of the Gulf. IB Tauris.

Ehteshami, A. and Wright, S.M. eds., 2008. Reform in the Middle East oil monarchies. Ithaca.

Foley, S. and Foley, S., 2010. The Arab gulf states: Beyond oil and Islam (pp. 167-200). Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers

Fuller, G.E. and Francke, R.R., 2001. The Arab Shi’a: The Forgotten Muslims. Macmillan.

Gause, F.G., 1994. Oil monarchies: domestic and security challenges in the Arab Gulf states. Council on Foreign Relations.

Halliday, F., 2013. Arabia without sultans. Saqi.

Hanieh, Adam. Capitalism and class in the Gulf Arab states. Springer, 2016.

Herb, M., 1999. All in the family: absolutism, revolution, and democracy in Middle Eastern monarchies. SUNY Press.

Hertog, S., 2010. Princes, brokers, and bureaucrats: oil and the state in Saudi Arabia. Cornell University Press.

Hertog, S., 2011. Rentier militaries in the Gulf States: The price of coup-proofing. International journal of Middle East studies43(3), pp.400-402.

Jones, T.C., 2010. Desert Kingdom. Harvard University Press.

Kanna, A., 2011. Dubai, the city as corporation. U of Minnesota Press.

Kapiszewski, A., 2001. Nationals and expatriates: population and labour dilemmas of the Gulf Cooperation Council States. ISBS.

Khalaf, Abdulhadi, and Giacomo Luciani, eds. Constitutional Reform and Political Participation in the Gulf. Gulf Research Center, 2006.

Kostiner, J., 2000. Middle East Monarchies: The Challenge of Modernity. Lynne Rienner Publishers.

Longva, A.N., 1999. Walls built on sand: Migration, exclusion, and society in Kuwait. Westview Press.

Longva, A.N., 2005. Neither autocracy nor democracy but ethnocracy: Citizens, expatriates and the socio-political system in Kuwait. Monarchies and nations: Globalisation and identity in the Arab states of the Gulf, pp.114-135.

Matthiesen, T., 2012. A” Saudi Spring?”: The Shi’a Protest Movement in the Eastern Province 2011–2012. The Middle East Journal66(4), pp.628-659.

Mitchell, T., 2011. Carbon democracy: Political power in the age of oil. Verso Books.

Niblock, T., 2004. Saudi Arabia: Power, legitimacy and survival. Routledge.

Nonneman, G., 2001. Rentiers and autocrats, monarchs and democrats, state and society: the Middle East between globalization, human ‘agency’, and Europe. International Affairs77(1), pp.141-162.

Takriti, A.R., 2013. Monsoon Revolution: Republicans, Sultans, and Empires in Oman, 1965-1976. OUP Oxford.

Tétreault, M.A., 2000. Stories of democracy: Politics and society in contemporary Kuwait. Columbia University Press.

Ulrichsen, K.C., 2014. Insecure gulf: the end of certainty and the transition to the post-oil era. Oxford University Press.

Ulrichsen, K.C., 2015. The Political Economy of Arab Gulf States.

Valeri, M., 2009. Oman: Politics and society in the Qaboos state. Hurst Publishers.

Vitalis, R., 2007. America’s kingdom: Mythmaking on the Saudi oil frontier. Stanford University Press.

Wedeen, L., 2003. Seeing like a citizen, acting like a state: exemplary events in unified Yemen. Comparative Studies in Society and History45(4), pp.680-713.

Ziadah, R., 2017. Constructing a logistics space: Perspectives from the Gulf Cooperation Council. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.

Ziadah, R., 2017. Transport Infrastructure and Logistics in the making of Dubai Inc. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.


Adas, M., 1990. Machines as the measure of men: Science, technology, and ideologies of Western dominance. Cornell University Press.

Bear, L., 2012. Lines of the nation: Indian Railway workers, bureaucracy, and the intimate historical self. Columbia University Press.

Bear, L., 2015. Navigating austerity: Currents of debt along a South Asian river. Stanford University Press.

Bennett, V., 1995. The politics of water: Urban protest, gender, and power in Monterrey, Mexico. University of Pittsburgh Press.

Bose, S., 2009. A Hundred Horizons: the Indian Ocean in the age of global empire. Harvard University Press.

Gómez-Ibáñez, J.A., 2003. Regulating infrastructure: monopoly, contracts, and discretion.

Goodland, R., 1997. Patrick McCully, Silenced Rivers: The Ecology and Politics of Large Dams. INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS9, pp.321-322.

Horst, H.A., 2013. The infrastructures of mobile media: Towards a future reseach agenda. Mobile Media & Communication1(1), pp.147-152.

Hughes, T.P., 1993. Networks of power: electrification in Western society, 1880-1930. JHU Press.

Joyce, P., 2003. The rule of freedom: liberalism and the modern city. Verso.

Khalili, L., 2017. The Roads to Power The Infrastructure of Counterinsurgency. World Policy Journal34(1), pp.93-99.

Khalili, L., 2017. The infrastructural power of the military: The geoeconomic role of the US Army Corps of Engineers in the Arabian Peninsula. European Journal of International Relations, p.1354066117742955.

Kusno, A., 2003. Rudolf Mrazek, Engineers of Happy Land: Technology and Nationalism in a Colony. Metascience12(1), pp.101-103.

Larkin, B., 2008. Signal and noise: media, infrastructure, and urban culture in Nigeria. Duke University Press.

Merchant, C., 1994. William Cronon’s Nature’s Metropolis. Antipode26(2), pp.135-140.

Mitchell, T., 1991. Colonising Egypt: With a new preface. Univ of California Press.

Mitchell, T., 2002. Rule of experts: Egypt, techno-politics, modernity. Univ of California Press.

Schivelbusch, W., 2014. The railway journey: The industrialization of time and space in the nineteenth century. Univ of California Press.

Scott, J.C., 1998. Seeing like a state: How certain schemes to improve the human condition have failed. Yale University Press.

Starosielski, N., 1942. Signal Tracks. Journal of the New Media Caucus| ISSN, p.017X.

Swedberg, R., 2008. The centrality of materiality: economic theorizing from xenophon to home economics and beyond. Living in a Material World, p.57.

Wright, G., 1991. The politics of design in French colonial urbanism. University of Chicago Press.


Allen, W.B., 1997. The logistics revolution and transportation. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science553(1), pp.106-116.

Bernes, J., 2013. Logistics, counterlogistics and the communist prospect. Endnotes3, pp.172-201.

Birtchnell, T., Savitzky, S. and Urry, J., 2015. Moving cargos. In Cargo Mobilities Moving Materials in a Global Age (pp. 1-16). Routledge New York.

Bonacich, E. and Wilson, J.B., 2008. Getting the goods: Ports, labor, and the logistics revolution. Cornell University Press.

Chua, C., 2014. Logistics, capitalist circulation, chokepoints. The disorder of things.

Cowen, D., 2014. The deadly life of logistics: Mapping violence in global trade. University of Minnesota Press.

Cuppini, N., Frapporti, M. and Pirone, M., 2015. Logistics struggles in the Po Valley region: Territorial transformations and processes of antagonistic subjectivation. South Atlantic Quarterly114(1), pp.119-134.

Curcio, A., 2014. Practicing militant inquiry: Composition, strike and betting in the logistics workers struggles in Italy. Ephemera14(3), p.375.

George, R., 2013. Ninety percent of everything: inside shipping, the invisible industry that puts clothes on your back, gas in your car, and food on your plate. Macmillan.

Gutelius, B., 2015. Disarticulating distribution: Labor segmentation and subcontracting in global logistics. Geoforum60, pp.53-61.

Kanngieser, A., 2013. Tracking and tracing: geographies of logistical governance and labouring bodies. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space31(4), pp.594-610.

Klose, A. and Marcrum, C., 2015. The Container Principle: how a box changes the way we think. MIT Press.

LeCavalier, J., 2016. The Rule of Logistics: Walmart and the Architecture of Fulfillment. University of Minnesota Press.

Levinson, M., 2013. The box. EGEA spa.

Martin, C., 2016. Shipping container. Bloomsbury Publishing USA.

Moody, K., 1997. Workers in a lean world.

Neilson, B., 2012. Five theses on understanding logistics as power. Distinktion: Scandinavian journal of social theory13(3), pp.322-339.

Neilson, B., 2014. Beyond Kulturkritik: along the supply chain of contemporary capitalism. Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research6(1), pp.77-93.

Nye, D.E., 2013. America’s assembly line. MIT Press.

Pasternak, S., 2013. The Economics of Insurgency: Thoughts on Idle No More and Critical Infrastructure. The Media Co-op.

Rossiter, N., 2014. Logistical worlds. Cultural Studies Review20(1), p.53.

Rossiter, N., 2016. Software, Infrastructure, Labor: A Media Theory of Logistical Nightmares. Routledge.

 Sekula, A., 2006. Between the net and the deep Blue Sea (Rethinking the Traffic in Photographs).

Thigpen, L.L., 2016. Connected learning: A grounded theory study of how Cambodian adults with limited formal education learn. Biola University.

Toscano, A. and Kinkle,J., 2015. Cartographies of the Absolute

Tsing, A., 2009. Supply chains and the human condition. Rethinking Marxism21(2), pp.148-176.

Van Creveld, M., 2004. Supplying war: logistics from Wallenstein to Patton. Cambridge University Press.

Womack, J.P., Jones, D.T. and Roos, D., 2007. The Machine That Changed the World: The Story of Lean Production, 2007 updated edition.