This book is now published with Verso. There is a discussion about the book here – Sinews of War and Trade: Laleh Khalili speaks to Rafeef Ziadah
Laleh Khalili, Sinews of War and Trade Shipping and Capitalism in the Arabian Peninsula – Verso, May 2020
On the map of global trade, China is now the factory of the world. A parade of ships full of raw commodities -iron ore, coal, oil- arrive in its ports, and fleets of container ships leave with manufactured goods in all directions. The oil that fuels China’s manufacturing comes primarily from the Arabian Peninsula. Much of the material shipped from China are transported through the ports of Arabian Peninsula, Dubai’s Jabal Ali port foremost among them. China’s ‘maritime silk road’ flanks the Peninsula on all sides.
Sinews of War and Trade is the story of what the making of new ports and shipping infrastructures has meant not only for the Arabian Peninsula itself, but for the region and the world beyond. The book is the account of how maritime transportation is not…
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