New York University
Alex Boodrookas is a Ph.D. Candidate in the joint program in History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at NYU. His dissertation research addresses the intersection between citizenship, migration, state formation, and labor protest in Kuwait and the Persian Gulf from 1900 to 1975.
「 The Making of a Citizen-Merchant Class: The Reorientation of Credit Networks in the Persian Gulf, 1940-1965 」
My presentation traces how new geographies of credit in the Persian Gulf shaped – and were shaped by – new banking infrastructures, reconfigured political networks, and shifting conceptions of indigeneity. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, merchants with links to the Indian subcontinent – particularly Bombay – created a sprawling network of trade and credit within the British imperial system. But starting in the 1940s, as national differences sharpened and British banks aggressively fought to profit from an expected oil boom, the web of trust and credit that had once provided a financial scaffold for imperial rule across the Indian Ocean world was destroyed by emerging financial institutions.