Ahmed Saad Al-Awfi, Esraa Ahmed Al-Miftah, Khalil Yacoub Buhazaa’, and Omar Hisham Al Shehabi, eds. Development at the Margins of the Gulf. Series 6 of the Gulf between the Fixed and the Variant (Beirut: Center for Arab Unity Studies, 2018). 304 pp. ISBN 978-9953-82-843-5. Reviewed by Aamna Al-Marri.

This book is a compilation of studies focusing on policies that target marginalized social groups, including women and expatriate workers, particularly in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. It is written with the intention of providing a contribution to academic literature on marginalization and to develop a deeper understanding of chronic issues facing GCC countries. Such issues include imbalances in the political, economic, demographic and security fields affected by laws and institutions related to development policies.

The book deals with the issue of political development and crises that have ensued in GCC countries since the “Arab Spring.” These include the security crisis...

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