The subject of globalization has come to dominate informed debate across a broad sweep of disciplines, but detailed published studies on the influence of globalization on non-European areas of the world are lacking in number and quality. Globalization and the Middle East; economy, society and politics aims to fill this gap by bringing together a number of experts on the Middle East to examine the dynamic changes brought to the region. The book examines the place globalization occupies in the history of the Middle East and how it is set to transform relations between governments in the area and the external and former colonial powers. It then goes on to focus on the political, cultural and economic effects of globalization on the states of the Gulf. The third section of the book will apply these themes to the wider Middle East.