Dawlat Qatar (State of Qatar)
  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


There is evidence of human habitation in Qatar dating as far back as the 5th or 6th centuries BC. The Greek historian, Herodotus, refers to the seafaring Canaanites as being the original inhabitants of the country. Qatar embraced Islam in the 7th century AD, and since then it has been noted regularly in the accounts of Arab historians and writers.


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Further Reading

  1. Central Statistical Organization. Annual Statistical Abstract. Google Scholar
  2. Unwin, P. T. H., Qatar. [Bibliography] Oxford and Santa Barbara (CA), 1982Google Scholar
  3. National statistical office: Central Statistical Organization, Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Doha.Google Scholar

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  • Barry Turner

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