Small Islands, Big Politics: The Tonbs and Abu Musa in the Persian Gulf

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Hooshang Amirahmadi
St. Martin's Press, 1996 - Law - 200 pages
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"Small Islands, Big Politics" examines a territorial dispute in the Gulf. Iran and UAE dispute the ownership and control of three small islands overlooking the strategic Strait of Hormuz. Since 1971, the year British colonialism withdrew from the Gulf, Iran has regained its full sovereignty over the Tonbs and has accommodated UAE in the administration of Abu Musa. The chapters provide a close reading of the legal and relevant territorial-historical dimensions of the dispute and dissect the intricacies of international law and its application to territorial disputes between the two countries. The book also includes a reading of colonial legacy and current strategic content for a new comprehensive history of the dispute. Not only is this the first book-length analysis of the issue in the English language and the most comprehensive treatment of the subject, but it also provides the most comprehensive bibliography and documents on the issue and will be valuable to teachers, researchers and students of Middle East politics and history and international studies.

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About the author (1996)

Hooshang Amirahmadi is professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and director of Rutgers University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He is founder and president of the American Iranian Council and a founder of the Center for Iranian Research and Analysis. Some of his books include The Caspian Region at a Crossroad and The United States and the Middle East.

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