Pearl fishers, townsfolk, Bedouin, and shaykhs: economic and social relations in Islamic al-Zubārah

Authors

  • Tobias Richter
  • Paul Wordsworth
  • Alan Walmsley

Abstract

Two seasons of excavation at the eighteenth-and nineteenth-century settlement of al-Zubārah in north-west Qatar provide an insight into the emergence and development of early modern pearl-fishing and -trading settlements in the Persian Gulf. Here we present a preliminary overview of the archaeological phases identified so far at the site, discuss characteristics of al-Zubārah's urban layout, show how archaeology can contribute to the identification of social and economic differences, and further highlight the crucial role of al-Zubārah's hinterland in supporting the pearl-fishing and -trading economy.

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Published

01/09/2011

How to Cite

Richter, T., Wordsworth , P., & Walmsley, A. (2011). Pearl fishers, townsfolk, Bedouin, and shaykhs: economic and social relations in Islamic al-Zubārah. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, 41, 317–333. Retrieved from https://archaeopresspublishing.com/ojs/index.php/PSAS/article/view/1697