The researchers also recorded another clear impact on the architectural identity of Sharjah, which is linked to the presence of large numbers of expatriates of different nationalities.
“These expatriates, who included engineers who worked in the city, also left touches related to their cultural backgrounds,” Khorshid said.
The book also records the impact of women on urbanization and the increase in production.
Al Qassemi said, “There is a whole generation of Sharjah women who played an influential role in building the city and its people through their work as teachers in schools, and the establishment of a number of associations such as the Sharjah Women’s Association and the Cooperative Society, which is the first cooperative society in the Emirates.”
One of the symbols of this generation is Al Qassemi’s own mother, born in the mid-1940s, who was one of the first teachers in the Emirates. He wrote a chapter in the book that reviews her educational journey and her role in encouraging many women to enroll in schools. (See a related article, “Women In the Gulf: Better Educated But Less Employed.”)
An Absence of Criticism
Some experts believe that documentary books about architecture play an important role in rooting societies in their past, but this does not cancel out the promotional role they play as well, especially if generous funding is available.