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Peter Lienhardt’s study represents, to the best of my knowledge, the first systematic anthropological investigation (conducted over forty years ago) into the political and social conditions of the shaikhdoms of the Trucial States. It is hoped that the present volume will stimulate further anthropological researches into the region that will complement Peter’s research endeavours. However, he left four typed pages of numbered notes which were intended to be incorporated in a conclusion to his book. In these he reflects on some recent developments in the sheikhdoms of the Gulf, and the points raised will be of interest to future researchers on the shaikhdoms of the Trucial States who may find them useful topics for further investigation. I have made a few necessary comments in the form of endnotes but these in no way represent an appraisal of the points enumerated.
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