SUAD-CEFREPA Diwan: Abdallah al-Tariqi and the history of the Arab oil globalisation
Monday 7 February 2022
5:00pm – 7:00pm
In the history of Third World and South transnational movements of the 1960s, oil has mainly been envisioned as an economic tool for political ends and the Gulf countries as peripheral actors. Even the decisions by the Arab oil ministers in October 1973 are more than often not seen as the remnants of a mostly politically oriented anti-imperialist strategy. The emphasis of current historiography on political, cultural, and social movements of the global 1960s and the early 1970s tends to marginalise the economic dimension of oil globalisation and the many economic debates it stirred in the Gulf countries. In this talk, Philippe Pétriat will address this issue by knitting together the economic ideas of Abdallah al-Tariqi (Saudi minister of oil and later on independent consultant) with the way oil economics underlined both the integration of Gulf countries in transnational antiimperialist movements and the challenges of oil globalisation in the period preceding the “Oil Shock” of 1973.
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Know more about Philippe Pétriat
Philippe Petriat is a French historian, Associate Professor in contemporary history of the Middle East at University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and researcher at the Institute of Modern and Contemporary History (CNRS). His research focuses on contemporary history of the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf countries. He is currently researcher at CEFREPA (Kuwait).
In 2021, he published 2 books:
• « The Uneven Age of Speed : Caravans, Technology, and Mobility in the Late Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Middle East », International Journal of Middle Studies, 53-2, 2021, p. 273-290.
• Au pays de l’or noir : une histoire arabe du pétrole (In the Countries of Black Gold: Arab History of Oil), Gallimard, Paris, 2021.