Book Launch: Poet and Businessman

Event Type: Local / Community

Takes Place: 25th August 2022

Time: 17:30 - 19:0

Venue: Aga Khan Centre, London

Description: Poet and Businessman reviews and analyses the modern history of Kuwait by telling the story of Abd al-Aziz al-Babtain (b. 1936), a businessman, philanthropist and poet whose own story closely interweaves with the history of the Gulf state. Constructing an overview of the modern history of Kuwait in parallel with the life of al-Babtain, Professor Leif Stenberg presents a rare study of an individual whose generation experienced first-hand the discovery of oil and the incredible changes it wrought on their small society. The costs of that discovery, alongside its many benefits, continue to play a crucial part in the socio-economic and cultural development of Kuwait and the wider region. Addressing an otherwise neglected area of Arabian history and the contemporary Middle East, this book is a balanced account of the development of Kuwait, enriched by the story of a remarkable and influential individual.

How to book:

Price: Free

Tel: 02073803839



Organiser: Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC)

Lecturer: Professor Leif Stenberg and Dr Walid Ghali

Region: London

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