Reading Qatar

Qatar National Library

The Creation of Qatar (1979) Zahlan

Histoire et Changements Sociaux au Qatar (1982) Montigny-Kozlowska

Oil and Politics in the Gulf (1990) Crystal

Qatar, A Modern History (2012, 2017) Fromherz

Small State, Big Politics (2013, 2015) Kamrava

Policy-Making in a Transformative State (2016) Tok, Alkhater, Pal

The Global Majlis (2016) Al Kawari

Doha Experiment (2017) Wasserman

The Gulf Crisis (2018) Miller

Teach for Arabia (2019) Vora

Warriors in a Time of Sacrifice (2019) Sandoval 

Changing Qatar (2020) Harkness

Beyond Exception (2020) Kanna, Le Renard, Vora

Qatar and the Gulf Crisis (2020) Ulrichsen

Contemporary Qatar (2021) Zweiri and Al Qawasmi

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Reading that should be more common...

Ibn Khaldun (2015 translation, 1377 original) Al Muqaddimah 

Cesaire, A. (1950) Discourse on Colonialism

Fanon, F. (1952) Black Skin, White Masks 

Fanon, F. (1959) A Dying Colonialism

Baldwin, J. (1962) The Fire Next Time

Fanon, F. (1963) The Wretched of the Earth 

Fanon, F. (1964) Toward the African Revolution

Memmi, A. (1965) The Colonizer and the Colonized

Ture, K. (1965) Stokely Speaks

Ture, K. and Hamilton, C. (1967) Black Power

Nkrumah, K. (1968) Revolutionary Warfare

Freire, P. (1970) Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Nkrumah, K. (1970) Class Struggle in Africa

Rodney, W. (1972) How Europe Underdeveloped Africa 

Nkrumah, K. (1973) The Struggle Continues

Gaddafi, M. (1975) The Green Book

Amin, S. (1976) Unequal Development 

Biko, S. (1978) I Write What I Like 

Said, E. (1978) Orientalism

Thiong'o, N. (1981) Decolonizing the Mind 

Amin, S. (1985 French, 1990 English) Delinkine

Amin, S. (1988 French, 2009 revision) Eurocentrism

Sankara, T. (1988) Thomas Sankara Speaks

Mazrui and Mazrui (1998) The Power of Babel

Thiong'o, N. (1993) Moving the Centre

Said, E. (1993) Culture & Imperialism

Amin, S. (1997) Capitalism in the Age of Globalization

Mills, C. W. (1997) The Racial Contract

Smith, L. T. (1999) Decolonizing Methodologies 

Ahmad, E. (2000) Confronting Empire

Mamdani, M. (2001) When Victims Become Killers

Mbembe, A. (2001) On the Postcolonly

Neocosmos, M. (2001) Thinking Freedom in Africa

Chang, H.-J. (2002) Kicking Away the Ladder

Mutua, M. (2002) Human Rights

Asad, T. (2003) Formations of the Secular

Amin, S. (2004) The Liberal Virus

Taiaiake, A. (2005) Wasase

Kiros, T. (2005) Zera Yacob

Mamdani, M. (2005) Good Muslim, Bad Muslim

Ahmad, E. (2006) The Selected Writings of Eqbal Ahmad

Shivji, I. (2007) Silences in NGO Discourse

Eze, E. C. (2008) On Reason

Tandon, Y. (2008) Ending Aid Dependence

Thiong'o, N. (2009) Something Torn and New

Ho Chi Minh (2011) Selected Works

Mignolo, W. (2011) The Darker Side of Western Modernity

Amin, S. (2011) Ending the Crisis of Capitalism

Thiong'o, N. (2012) Globalectics

Mamdani, M. (2012) Define and Rule

Abu-Lughod, L. (2013) Do Muslim Women Need Saving?

Ndlovu-Gatsheni, S. (2013) Empire, Global Coloniality and African Subjectivity

Ware, R. (2014) The Walking Qur'an

Dabashi, H. (2015) Can Non-Europeans Think?

Massad, J. A. (2015) Islam in Liberalism

Lumumba, P. (2016) May Our People Triumph

Thiong'o, N. (2016) Secure the Base

Cabral, A. (2016, translation) Resistance and Decolonization

Mills, C. W. (2017) Black Rights / White Wrongs

Woldeyes, Y. G. (2017) Native Colonialism 

Mbembe, A. (2017, English translation) Critique of Black Reason

Asad, T. (2018) Secular Translations

Ndlovu-Gatsheni, S. (2018) Epistemic Freedom in Africa

Mamdani, M. (2018) Citizen and Subject

Mignolo, W. and Walsh, C. (2018) On Decoloniality 

Ibhawoh, B. (2018) Human Rights in Africa

Mbembe, A. (2019, English translation) Necropolitics 

Getachew, A. (2019) Worldmaking after Empire

Mamdani, M. (2020) Neither Settler Nor Native

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Who Are You and Why Are You Here?

I have previously noted my interested in the expanded journal version of people recounting their experiences (e.g. this recent book on the Ebola response). The style (and title) of Jacques Claessens "Who are you and why are you here?" (2018), which was originally published in French in 2013 and translated in this version by Nigel G. Spencer, looked appealing. While interesting, I did not as much enjoying the fictionalization of the book. At least for me, this reduced the interest that I typically have of first-hand personal narratives. The book does open some doors and windows into problematic behaviours and decisions in the sector and might be a starting point for discussions, particularly for those unfamiliar with the sector.  

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Interesting Books (130+ Reviews)

In addition to the "essential" development studies books, some other interesting books include (organized chronologically):


On the Genealogy of Morality (1887) Nietzsche

Growing up in New Guinea (1930) Mead


Black Skin, While Masks (1952) Fanon


The Fire Next Time (1962) Baldwin

State and Land in Ethiopian History (1966) Pankhurst

The Liberation of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde (1969) Davidson 


Xala (1974) Ousmane

The Green Book (1975) Gaddafi

Resistance and Decolonization (1977) Cabral

I Write What I Like (1978) Steve Biko


Tanzania: A Political Economy (1982) Coulson

Stranglehold on Africa (1983) Dumont and Mottin

Rural Vulnerability fo Famine in Ethiopia (1986) Wolde Mariam

Introducing Liberation Theology (1986) Boff and Boff

Adjustment with a Human Face (1987) Cornia, Jolly and Steward


Domination and The Arts of Resistance (1990) Scott

How Can Man Die Better (1990) Pogrund

A History of Modern Ethiopia (1991) Bahru Zewde

From Dictatorship to Democracy (1993) Sharp

Fictions of Feminist Ethnography (1994) Visweswaran

People of the Plow (1995) McCann

Civil Society: Challenging Western Models (1996) Hann & Dunn

Slaves into Workers (1996) Sikainga

The Lie of the Land (1996) Leach and Mearns

The Art of the Impossible (1997) Havel

Capitalism in the Age of Globalization (1997) Amin

The Power of Babel (1998) Mazrui and Mazrui

Civil Society and the Aid Industry (1998) Van Rooy

Envisioning Power (1999) Wolf

Men in the Sun (1999) Kanafani

Civil Wars in Africa (1999) Ali and Matthews


Empire (2000) Hardt and Negri

Home and Exile (2000) Achebe

Confronting Empire (2000) Ahmad

World-systems Analysis (2004) Wallerstein

The Liberal Virus (2004) Amin

Good Muslim, Bad Muslim (2004) Mamdani

The World Bank and Struggles for Social Justice in the Age of Globalization (2005) Goldman

Polio: An American Story (2005) Oshinsky

The Collapse of Globalism (2005) Saul

How Trade Can Promote Development (2005) Stiglitz and Charlton

Medical Apartheid (2006) Washington

The Siege of Mecca (2007) Trofimov

Hunting Causes and Using Them (2007) Cartwright

Decent into Chaos (2008) Rashid

Charity in Islamic Societies (2008) Singer

Indigenous Methodologies (2009) Kovach

Field Notes on Democracy (2009) Roy

Indigenous Pathways of Action and Freedom (2009) Taiaiake

An African Renaissance (2009) Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Life After Violence: A People's Story of Burundi (2009) Uvin


The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions (2010) Fassin & Pandolfi

Citizen Action and National Policy Reform (2010) Gaventa & McGee

Adventures in Aidland (2011) Mosse (Ed)

Selected Works (2011) Ho Chi Minh

Ending the Crisis of Capitalism (2011) Amin

Why Civil Resistance Works (2011) Chenoweth and Stephan

Dancing in the Glory of Monsters (2011) Stearns

Yemen and the Politics of Permanent Crisis (2011) Phillips

Labor and Legality (2011) Gomberg-Munoz

Pox: An American History (2011) Willrich

How Migration Shaped Our World and Will Define Our Future (2011) Goldin, Cameron and Balarajan

Seasonality, Rural Livelihoods and Development (2012) Devereux, Sabates-Wheeler and Longhurst

Interventions (2012) Kofi Annan

Define and Rule (2012) Mamdani

Re-defining Food Security for the 21st Century (2012) Gibson

Q-Squared (2013) Shaffer

Small State, Big Politics (2013) Kamrava

Global Social Policy in the Making (2013) Deacon

The Battle for Afghanistan (2013) Dalrymple

Thomas Sankara (2014) Harsch

Toxic Aid (2014) Edwards

Organizing Women Workers in the Informal Economy (2013) Kabeer, Sudarshan and Milward

American, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes (2014) Gopal

The Quest for Socialist Utopia (2014) Bahru

American Slavery & Capitalism (2014) Baptist

Capitalism vs the Climate (2014) Klein (and How Change Happens)

Anatomy of Giving (2015) Dwyer

Team of Teams (2015) McChrystal

Death in the Congo (2015) Gerard and Kuklick

Blueprint for Revolution (2015) Popovic

There is No Such Thing as a Free Gift (2015) McGoey

Blinded by Humanity (2015) Barber

Human Rights and the Food Sovereignty Movement (2015) Claeys

Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few (2015) Reich

Sustainable Livelihoods and Rural Development (2015) Scoones

Between the World and Me (2015) Coates

Can Non-Europeans Think? (2015) Dabashi

Originals: How Non-conformists Move the World (2016) Grant

Two Arabs, A Berber and a Jew (2016) Rosen

The Global Majlis (2016) Al-Kawari

Secure the Base (2016) Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Ebola: How a People's Science Helped End an Epidemic (2016) Richards

Lessons Learned from Canada's War in Afghanistan (2016) Saideman

Poverty and the Millennium Development Goals (2016) Cimadamore, Koehler and Pogge

How Philanthropy Fails to Alleviate Poverty (2016) Kohl-Arenas

Innovation and its Enemies (2016) Juma

May Our People Triumph (2016) Lumumba

The World's Emergency Room (2016) VanRooyen

Who Really Feeds the World? (2016) Shiva

Rules for Revolutionaries (2016) Bond and Exley

The Self-Help Myth (2016) Kohl-Arenas

The Politics of Development in Morocco (2017) Bergh

How One Small Town Banned Pesticides (2017) Ackerman-Leist

The Development Dance (2017) Swedlund

Why Don't the Poor Rise Up? (2017) Truscello and Nangwaya

Drawdown (2017) Hawken

Against Colonization and Rural Resistance (2017) Kapoor

A Socialist Peace? (2017) McGovern

The Doha Experiment (2017) Wasserman

The Untold Story of a Medical Disaster in Colonial Africa (2017) Lachenal

War in 140 Characters (2017) Patrikarakos

Collapse of a Country (2017) Coghlan

Revolution and Authoritarianism in North Africa (2017) Volpi

Making Sense of the Syrian Revolution (2017) Saleh

No Is Not Enough (2017) Klein

Democracy in Chains (2017) MacLean

Children and Environmental Toxins (2018) Landriagan and Landriagan

Navigation by Judgment (2018) Honig

The Tyranny of Metrics (2018) Muller

The Gulf Crisis (2018) Miller

Decolonising the University (2018) Bhambra, Gebrial and Nisancioglu

How Democracies Die (2018) Levitsky and Ziblatt

Mass Starvation (2018) De Waal

Who Are You and Why Are You Here? (2018) Claessens

Participatory Development Practice (2018) Kelly and Westoby

Factfulness (2018) Rosling

The Lies that Bind (2018) Appiah

Getting to Zero (2018) Walsh and Johnson

Secular Translations (2018) Asad

Cooking Data (2018) Biruk

Food Aid in Sudan (2018) Jaspars

Knowledge and Global Power (2019) Collyer, Connell, Maia and Morrell

People, Power, and Profits (2019) Stiglitz

Warriors in a Time of Sacrifice (2019) Sandoval

The Triumph of Injustice (2019) Saez and Zucman

Teach for Arabia (2019) Vora

Measuring What Counts (2019) Stiglitz, Fitoussi and Durand

Globalisation and Seed Sovereignty (2019) Walshe

Evaluation Landscape in Africa (2019) Mapitsa, Tirivanhu and Pophiwa


Who Owns the Problem? (2020) Adesanmi

Changing Qatar (2020) Harkness

Another Now (2020) Varoufakis

Ethiopia in the Wake of Political Reform (2020) Desta, Dori, Mihrertu

The Data Detective (2021) Harford

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster (2021) Gates

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