Dr Abdel Razzaq Takriti’s Monsoon Revolution: Republicans, Sultans, and Empires in Oman, 1965-1976 (OUP, 2013) has been awarded an Honourable Mention for the British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize in Middle Eastern Studies, administered by the University of Cambridge http://www.bkfsprize.co.uk/Welcome/Prize%20%20Winners%202014.html
The BKFS Prize is the most prestigious UK-based book award in the field of Middle Eastern Studies. The citation read:
“The author provided in this valuable book a thorough study of the Dhufar revolution and the popular armed struggle by drawing on a wide range of archival and nearly lost oral sources, due to the age of the people involved. He succeeded in retrieving and revising an almost lost history of an epical moment in Omani history and Arab revolutions. In 10 chapters across 340 pages with supporting appendixes, Takriti was also successful in contextualizing the revolution within the revolutionary movements in the 1960s and the decolonization process that was spreading across the south within the realm of the ‘Bandung spirit’.
In sum the Monsoon Revolution is a valuable academic contribution to the fields of the history of Oman, Middle East and Gulf studies, British imperial history, anti-colonial history, revolutions and political theory. Its value is apparent to students, scholars and informed readers of the history of the region and the transnational anti-colonial and liberation movements. Takriti has achieved his aim of contributing to an ‘appreciation of that struggle and the world to which it belonged'”
Almost fifty books submitted by fourteen publishers were considered by the judges this year, covering the humanities and social sciences, including art and architecture, anthropology, history, international relations, language, law, politics and religion.
Established in 1998, the prize is awarded each year to the value of up to £10,000 for the best scholarly work in English on the Middle East which has been published in its first edition in the United Kingdom. Normally the chronological remit of the prize is from the rise of Islam until the present day, but outstanding scholarly entries from the pre-Islamic era may also be considered.