The History of the United Arab Emirates
by John A. Shoup
November 2021, 178pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7043-9
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Over 80 percent of the population of the United Arab Emirates are not originally from the area—many are expatriates and immigrants.

This volume explores the political, cultural, and economic history of the United Arab Emirates, from early antiquity to the present.

The United Arab Emirates is a relatively young country in the Middle East, made up of seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm Al Quwain. How did these seven separate emirates come together to form the United Arab Emirates?

This volume explores the long, rich history of these seven emirates, focusing on political history but also highlighting culture, society, economy, and religion. Chronologically arranged chapters examine major eras and turning points in history, such as antiquity, the rise of Islam, British trade, and the discovery of black gold: oil.

Readers will learn how today, most of the UAE’s citizens are foreigners from other countries, as well as how much of the country’s economy and livelihood depend on oil. An appendix of Notable People in the History of the United Arab Emirates serves to identify key players in the region’s history, and an annotated bibliographic essay provides readers with sources for further research. Ideal for students, this volume is an important addition to the Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations series.


  • Includes a timeline of significant events in the history of the United Arab Emirates, providing students with an at-a-glance overview of UAE's history
  • An appendix of Notable People in the History of the United Arab Emirates provides readers with brief biographies of those who have made important contributions to the country's history
  • Photos and maps provide additional context and support the text
  • An annotated bibliography provides readers with detailed information on further resources for their personal research
John A. Shoup, PhD, is professor of anthropology at Al Akhawayn University, in Ifrane, Morocco. He is author of History of Syria; The Nile: An Encyclopedia of Geography, History, and Culture; Culture and Customs of Syria; and Culture and Customs of Jordan.

The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations

Every school and public library should update its resources with these engagingly written and succinct narrative histories of the world’s nations covering prehistoric times through today. Based on the most recent scholarship, each history provides a chronological narrative examining the political, cultural, philosophical, and religious continuities in the featured nation’s long, rich history in an exploration of how its people came to be who they are today. Each volume includes a chronological narrative history, a timeline of events, biographical sketches of key figures, a glossary, and a bibliographic essay.
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