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CEFREPA Lectures
History of oil in Saudi Arabia

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Monday 29 March 2021 at 4:00 pm (Kuwait time), online conference
by Dr Philippe Pétriat (CEFREPA)

Post-oil era has been a widely used expression in Arab countries for the last few years. Challenges of the switch to decarbonized economies and societies are widely talked about. The story of oil that is supposed to be ending, however, has rarely been told from Arab points of view. And yet, an "Arab" history of oil offers illuminating and suprising vantages on the concept of the "Arab world" and the deep transformations of Arabic-speaking countries from the early 20th to the early 21st century. This lecture will provide different glimpses into the story of oil as it has been experienced in societies of the Arabian Peninsula and discussed by Arab experts, leaders, intellectuals and ordinary people. It will eventually address the ways post-oil is currently envisioned and the historical transformation it entails.

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