Description : In July 1970, amid vast turmoil throughout the Persian Gulf region, Qaboos bin Sa'id led a successful coup against his father and proclaimed himself the new Head of State. Sultan Qaboos promised to institute a modern, efficient, and just government and to establish friendly relations with neighboring countries. Facing significant internal challenges to his authority, Qaboos restored internal order through effective military and economic measures. Simultaneously, he adopted long-term principles that facilitated the introduction of capable foreign policy initiatives, based on nonintervention in the affairs of other countries, respect for international law, and nonalignment. Today, the Sultanate of Oman remains stable--its foreign policy flexible by nature, its regional preeminence assured. This report systematically analyzes the foreign policy of the Sultanate. It traces the origins of the Omani nation-state, identifies trends in Omani diplomacy, and examines the Sultanate's foreign policy in the modern era, focusing on relations with states on the Arabian Peninsula and in the Persian Gulf region, with the West, and around the world.
Description : In this illustrated study of the fragrant resin crystal once valued as highly as gold, Juliet Highet takes readers back through time and over the Frankincense Trail, from Southern Arabia to Ancient Rome. The Land of Frankincense - three ancient Omani cities connected with the frankincense trade - were recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The history and value of the resin, once as important to the ancient Arabian world as oil is now, is not widely appreciated today. This book that combines travel writing, history and a glimpse into the world of perfumery explores every aspect of these scented, amber-coloured 'pearls', from frankincense's harvesting from beneath the bark of desert trees, through the vital role it played in the culture of the old Middle East, to its contemporary use in aromatherapy and perfume. Hundreds of colour photographs illustrate the cultivation and preparation of frankincense today along the historic incense routes, while artworks and maps reveal how this luxury item was for thousands of years so crucial to the economy and life of Arabia.
Description : This book is a cultural history, offering an historical account of the formation of a distinctive Omani culture; arguing that it is in this unique culture that a specific conception and practice of diplomacy has been developed.
Description : This is an examination of the political, economic and social development of Oman from the accession Sultan Qaboos in a palace coup in 1970 to the promulation of the basic law of 1996. The book argues that the sultanate does not follow the "rentier" model but the patriarchal tradition.
Description : "Provides comprehensive information on the geography, history, governmental structure, economy, cultural diversity, peoples, religion, and culture of Oman"--Provided by publisher.
Description : The Sultanate of Oman, at the southeastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula, borders on three different bodies of Ocean: the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Gulf. This beautifully illustrated book is the first to bring the diverse inshore fish fauna of Oman under one cover. Recent fieldwork by the author and colleagues has increased the number of known shore fishes (defined as those occurring in less than 200 metres) to 930, all of which are treated in this volume. A surprising 52 new species of inshore fishes of Oman (four of which required new generic names) were collected during the recent fieldwork; these had to be described in scientific papers to make the names available for this book. All of the species are illustrated, mostly in colour. The family and species accounts are written to be understood by the layman (a glossary and diagrams are provided to explain scientific terms), but with enough detail and references to serve the needs of professional biologists. Coastal Fishes of Oman will promote appreciation of the unique fish fauna of Oman, provide a much-needed inventory of this invaluable resource, and form the basis for future fisheries management.
Description : Oman is the land that enchanted Marco Polo. It is the country of Sinbad the Sailor, of jinns, of ancient cities that slumber under the desert sands. The foundations of the modern Arab nation of the Sultanate of Oman were laid in 1970 by its monarch and architect, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said bin Taimur al Said, under whose watchful eye it reemerged onto the global stage and reclaimed thousands of years of its identity. Today, Oman is a modern-day oasis where the old lives in harmony with the new. People flock to its shores from all over the world for the sparkle of its beaches and the generosity of its people. The world is still discovering the magic of this ancient Arabian land, from the whiff of its legendary frankincense to the hush of its yawning deserts and the sweetness of its sticky halwa. Come immerse yourself, Oman welcomes you—marhaba!
Description : Foreword by H E Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al Salmi; Introduction by the Editors; Ports in the Indian Ocean; The Ancient Port of Sumhuram; Northern Indian Ocean Islamic Seaports & the Interior of the Arabian Peninsula; Islamic Period Maritime Trade & Travel along the Southern Arabian Coasts of the Indian Ocean: The Case for Socotra, the Hallaniyat, Masirah & Mahut Islands Qalhat & Sur; Muscat & Mutrah; The Southern Batinah Ports; Sohar: Forelands, Umland & Hinterland in the History of an Omani Entrep�t; Julfar & the Ports of Northern Oman; The Port of Gwadar & its Relationships with Oman; East Africa & Oman, c. 600-1856; Bandar & Mulk (Port & Dominion): Eleventh to Early Sixteenth Century; Conclusion: Eric Staples: The Ports of Oman Today.