Though high oil prices have caused endless groans and grunts from countless drivers and consumers around the world, they have also turned the tiny petroleum producing Kingdoms of the Persian Gulf region (Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and the U.A.E) into tawdry showcases of both individual and governmental wealth and opulence.

This category gives a glimpse of how in these countries newfound prosperity coexists alongside age-old sclerotic Islamic traditions.

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