UCL Qatar


Maryam Alsada

Maryam Alsada

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The Pearl Economy: Women's Labor in the Arabian Gulf
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At the height of the pearl trade, men from the Arabian Gulf left their homes to embark on journeys in search of pearls every summer. Spanning four months and ten days, these journeys took up a large part of the year. This research project explores the economic roles that women played during those seasons, as well as year-round. The project aims to shed light on both the waged and non-waged labors that women performed, especially because non-waged labors are usually not included in economic analyses. To understand the roles that women played, the researcher draws data from oral history interviews and primary documents.