Download e-book for kindle: Oman Reborn: Balancing Tradition and Modernization by Linda Pappas Funsch

By Linda Pappas Funsch

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ISBN-13: 9781137502018

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The Sultanate of Oman is without doubt one of the few "good information" tales to have emerged from the center East in contemporary reminiscence. This e-book strains the narrative of a little-known and comparatively reliable Arab nation whose historical past of independence, legacy of interplay with diversified cultures, and enlightened smooth management have remodeled it in lower than fifty years from an remoted medieval-style potentate to a sturdy, dynamic, and principally positive country.
At the guts of this interesting tale is Oman’s sultan, Qaboos bin Sa’id, pal to either East and West, whose specific management type has ended in either family and overseas coverage achievements in the course of greater than 4 a long time in office.
Exploring Oman from a historic viewpoint, Funsch examines how the country’s distinct mixture of culture and modernization has enabled it to prevail whereas others within the quarter have failed. bills of the author’s personal studies with Oman’s transformation upload wealthy layers of intensity, texture, and character to the narrative.

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By Linda Pappas Funsch

ISBN-10: 1137502010

ISBN-13: 9781137502018

ISBN-10: 1349567965

ISBN-13: 9781349567966

The Sultanate of Oman is without doubt one of the few "good information" tales to have emerged from the center East in contemporary reminiscence. This e-book strains the narrative of a little-known and comparatively reliable Arab nation whose historical past of independence, legacy of interplay with diversified cultures, and enlightened smooth management have remodeled it in lower than fifty years from an remoted medieval-style potentate to a sturdy, dynamic, and principally positive country.
At the guts of this interesting tale is Oman’s sultan, Qaboos bin Sa’id, pal to either East and West, whose specific management type has ended in either family and overseas coverage achievements in the course of greater than 4 a long time in office.
Exploring Oman from a historic viewpoint, Funsch examines how the country’s distinct mixture of culture and modernization has enabled it to prevail whereas others within the quarter have failed. bills of the author’s personal studies with Oman’s transformation upload wealthy layers of intensity, texture, and character to the narrative.

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This resin was found inside the tomb of Tutankhamen in Luxor and . . 23 Frankincense is sometimes chewed, but not swallowed, for its pleasant taste and presumed medicinal effects. 24 At present, the government of Oman has initiated a program of systematic cultivation of frankincense trees 16 Oman Reborn in Dhofar for the purpose of research on the medicinal properties of this valuable resin. The importance of this milky-colored resin to the global economy of old can hardly be exaggerated. ”25 With a near monopoly on this precious commodity, Oman was catapulted onto the world stage in antiquity, establishing its preeminence in the global marketplace.

Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 2:1, 11, New Revised Standard Version [NRSV]) It is quite likely that these travelers, known as Balthasar, Melchior, and Caspar (or Gaspar), may have hailed from Dhofar, journeying from the East westward across Arabia, along well-worn trade routes, to Palestine, bringing to the infant child gifts of the greatest value from their region. Over the centuries, countless travelers have marveled at the economic importance and levels of sophistication in ancient Dhofar.

Not surprising, the most important of these was the water committee, overseeing the cleaning, maintenance, and fair distribution of this precious resource in the community. A second committee, the education, or “Islamic,” committee was responsible for the maintenance of schools and mosques and for paying the salaries of their employees. The “social” committee served as a sort of “safety net,” providing for the welfare of the inhabitants, including widows and orphans who might be struggling with illness or economic hardship.

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