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Kuwait's hereditary monarchy retains power but faces greater demands for democracy Kuwait is a small state at the north of the Persian Gulf between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. It has ...

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World Flags

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World Maps

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...Kuwait Physical map Political map...

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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... kǝ'wāt a country on the northwest coast of the Persian Gulf; pop. 1,200,000 (est. 1991 ); official language, Arabic; capital, Kuwait City . Kuwait has been an autonomous Arab sheikhdom, under the rule of an amir, from the 18th century, although the British established a protectorate from 1897 until 1961 . One of the world's leading oil-producing countries, Kuwait was invaded by Iraq in August 1990 , the occupying forces being expelled in the Persian Gulf War of 1991...

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Garner's Modern English Usage (5 ed.)

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... is accented on the second syllable: /kʊ- wayt / , /koo- wayt / , or /kә- wayt / ; or, sometimes in BrE, /kyʊ- wayt / . ...

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Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Place Names (6 ed.)

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...Kuwait ( Al Kuwayt ) , ( Grane ) The State of Kuwait (Arabic: Dawlat al Kuwayt) since full independence in 1961 . Previously a sovereign state under British protection ( 1914–61 ), the UK having had control of Kuwait’s foreign affairs since 1899 when Mubārak ibn Sabāh the Great, founder and ruler of modern Kuwait ( 1896–1915 ), sought British support against Ottoman forces—although it was under nominal Ottoman suzerainty until 1914 ; an autonomous Shaikhdom ( 1756 ), Kuwait City having been founded in about 1716 . Despite the northern border with Iraq...

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World Encyclopedia

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... The State of Kuwait is a small, oil-rich Arab country at the head of the Persian Gulf. It consists of a mainland area and several offshore islands. The capital, Kuwait City, stands on a natural harbour called Kuwait Bay. Most of the land is a flat or gently undulating plain. The highest point is about 250m [820ft]. There are no rivers or lakes and water supply is a problem. Water is imported, but drinking water is also produced by desalination plants. Desert scrub covers some areas, but much of Kuwait has no vegetation. Climate Kuwait has a hot desert...

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Fahad A. Bishara

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World

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2008
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History, Contemporary History (post 1945)
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...to Kuwait's pre-oil economy, the emir often consulted on policy issues with Kuwaiti merchants, who contributed to the town's administrative budget and the ruler's personal income. This consultation was later institutionalized in the form of a National Council and, in 1992 , after a series of merchant-led protests following internal political disturbances, the modern Kuwaiti National Assembly. The Discovery of Oil and the Emergence of Modern Kuwait. With the discovery of oil in Kuwait during the late 1930s and its export after World War II, Kuwait's...

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A Dictionary of World History (3 ed.)

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... Capital: Kuwait City Area: 17,818 sq km (6880 sq miles) Population: 2,695,316 (2013 est) Currency: 1 Kuwaiti dinar= 1000 fils Religions: Sunni Muslim 59.5%; Shiite Muslim 25.5% Ethnic Groups: Kuwaiti Arab 45.0%; non-Kuwaiti Arab 35.0%; South Asian 9.0% Languages: Arabic (official); English International Organizations: UN; Arab League; GCC; OPEC; OAPEC; Non-Aligned Movement; WTO A small country in the north-west corner of the Gulf, flanked by Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Physical Kuwait is mainly low desert, very hot in summer but cool in winter, and...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History

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2007
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...More fearful of the Ottomans and the tribes of eastern Arabia, Kuwait became a voluntary British protectorate from 1899 to 1961 , thus securing its independence from its neighbors. Until the late 1940s, when Kuwait began to export oil, the wealth and livelihood of most Kuwaitis was based on pearling and fishing, shipbuilding, and the entrepreneurial skill of its inhabitants, who were the major carriers in the gulf and dominated the caravan trade with northeast Arabia and Syria . Kuwait was first and foremost a maritime community, with up to half of...

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The Oxford Companion to World War II

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... was an independent Arab sheikhdom under British protection from 1914 to 1961 which was ruled by Sheikh Ahmad from 1921 to 1951 . Oil deposits were found in the late 1920s and early 1930s but drilling stopped during the...

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture

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2009
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...museum located in a traditional Kuwaiti house. S. G. Shiber : Recent Arab City Growth (Kuwait, 1967) R. Lewcock : Traditional Architecture in Kuwait and the Northern Gulf (London, 1978) S. Gardiner : Kuwait: The Making of a City (Harlow, 1983) M. Jenkins , ed.: Islamic Art in the Kuwait National Museum: The al-Sabah Collection (London, 1983) Contemporary Art in Kuwait, Kuwait International Investment CO.S.A.K . (Kuwait, 1983) The Evolving Culture of Kuwait, Royal Scot. Mus . (Edinburgh, 1985) “ Kuwait: A Special Supplement on the Arts, ” A. &...

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A Guide to Countries of the World (4 ed.)

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2016
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...Kuwait Basic information Land area: 18,000 sq. km People: Kuwaiti 31%, Arab 28%, South Asian 38%, other 3% Language: Arabic Religion: Muslim 77%, Christian 17%, other 6% Government: Hereditary emirate Population (2017 estimate): 4.14 million Percentage urban: 98% Population estimate for 2035: 5.11 million Life expectancy at birth 2015: 75.9 (F), 73.6 (M) Capital city: Kuwait City, 2.8 million Currency: Kuwaiti dinar Major exports: crude oil, refined oil, gas, chemicals GDP per head, $PPP (2015): $73,817 ...

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Mary Ann Tétreault

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women

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2013
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...to be educated. Adela al-Sayer , who later became a leader of one of Kuwait's first women's organizations, was among the first Kuwaiti women to drive, taking the family car for a jaunt during one of her school vacations to the applause of men along the way. Male graduates returning to Kuwait saw women as integral to their hopes for modernization. Young graduates encouraged their sisters and made spaces for them in the burgeoning Kuwaiti print media. “Woman's Corner” columns in Kuwaiti magazines carried their articles on values, especially the concepts of...

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A Dictionary of Business and Management in the Middle East and North Africa

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2019
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... ( business environment ) A small state situated on the Arabian Gulf, which is wholly bordered on land by Iraq. Since the 1880s, Kuwait has been ruled by the Saba dynasty. It gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1961 and since then the country has been ruled by an emir, along with a partially democratic elected parliament. Oil was discovered in the Burgan field of modern-day Kuwait on 22 February 1938 and today it administers about 6 per cent the world’s proven reserves. The economy is dominated by oil and gas. A member of the...

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A Dictionary of Contemporary World History (6 ed.)

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2021
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History, Contemporary History (post 1945)
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...also shared between Kuwait's nationals, through the absence of taxation, and a free medical and health system. Economic wealth and liberalism contrasted with religious traditionalism among the Islamic population, and political illiberalism. The Emir ruled independently of parliament (dissolved 1986–92 ), while political opponents were incarcerated. Contemporary history (since 1990) On 2 August 1990 , Kuwait was invaded by the Iraqi army led by Saddam Hussein , who sought to integrate Kuwait as Iraq's nineteenth province. Most Kuwaitis left the country,...

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Rafik Darragi

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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... The main Shakespearian adaptations are the work of Sulayman Al-Bassam, a talented Anglo-Kuwaiti director. After writing Hamlet in Kuwait , which was first performed in the country of its title, and another adaptation called The Arab League Hamlet presented in Tunisia , Al-Bassam came out with a third version, The Al-Hamlet Summit . This play may be considered as a landmark in the history of Arab theatre. Its success, mainly in Europe, has been due to its political allusions to contemporary events and specific situations brought to a highly grotesque...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East

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2011
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... . Located at the head of the Arab-Iranian Gulf, the State of Kuwait bounds with Saudi Arabia to the south, Iraq to the west and north, and the Gulf to the east. Kuwait consists of 17,000 sq km (10,540 sq. mi.) of the Arabian desert, the Gulf littoral, and several uninhabited off-coast islands, of which Bubiyan and Warba are the largest and lie near the Shatt al-Arab. Other islands to the south—Kubbar, Qaruh, Auha, Umm al-Marindin, and Umm an-Nammal in Kuwait Bay—are bare and small. The principal archaeological remains are found on Failaka Island at the...

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The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World (2 ed.)

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...their own economic troubles on Kuwait's failure to abide by the oil production quotas mandated by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). When negotiations between Kuwaiti and Iraqi officials collapsed at the end of July, the Iraqi army overran Kuwait. In the aftermath of the Iraqi invasion, the prime minister hinted on several occasions that an elected Assembly would be restored as soon as the Al-Sabah regained control of Kuwait. He told a group of Kuwaiti notables in mid-October that “the people of Kuwait can only be rewarded for their...

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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... City a port on the Persian Gulf, the capital city of Kuwait...

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The Handbook of International Financial Terms

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... Stock Exchange (Kuwait) . PO Box 22235, KW-Safat, Kuwait 13083 (tel. 965 24 23 130/9; tlx 44015...

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