Oman : Political Development in a Changing World
by Carol J. Riphenburg
Call Number: UCF Main Library General Collection - 1st Floor -- DS247.O65R56 1998
Terra Firma & People -- Legacy of History -- Political Culture, Civil Society, & Prospects for Democratization -- Political Development & the Challenge of Modernization -- Issues in Economic Development -- Changing Gender Relations & Development -- Oman's Foreign Policy: The Gulf Regional System & the Northern Gulf States -- Oman's Foreign Policy & the Arabian Peninsula
A History of Modern Oman
by Jeremy Jones; Nicholas Ridout
Call Number: UCF Main Library General Collection - 1st Floor -- DS247.O68J66 2015
Oman and the Al Bu Said -- Oman, Zanzibar and empire -- Oman in the age of British ascendancy and the Arab Nahda -- The sultanate as nation, 1932-1959 -- Dhofar -- Oil, government and security, 1955-1980 -- Shura, diplomacy and economic liberalisation, 1980-2000 -- Oman in the twenty-first century
Call Number: UCF Main Library General Collection - 3rd Floor -- JQ1843.A91G48 2006
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"Persuasive, thorough and drawing on Western as well as Islamic political theory, this book analyzes the different historical and geopolitical roles of this strategic country. Thanks to its millennial tradition, Oman enjoys a solid national culture and a stable socio-political situation. Today, it is moving steadily towards a democratic future."
An Arabian Utopia - The Western Discovery of Oman
by Alastair Hamilton
"Even though Oman had always been familiar to travellers sailing between Europe and India or Persia, it was its coast alone that was known. Greeks and Romans had charted it, medieval merchants traded on it, and in the early sixteenth century the Portuguese conquered its main towns, yet the interior of Oman was all but entirely unknown and would remain so until the early nineteenth century. Only after the ejection of the Portuguese in 1650 and an independent Oman had built an empire of its own, stretching round the Indian Ocean from India to Zanzibar, did Muscat, the capital, start to be visited by western powers eager to obtain commercial concessions and political influence. In the nineteenth century, for the first time, a very few, mainly English, explorers ventured inland and embarked on the true discovery of Oman. But even that was sporadic. As long as there was a powerful ruler, the travellers were protected, but by the late nineteenth century the rulers in Muscat had lost control over the interior and it was not until well into the twentieth century that explorers such as Wilfred Thesiger could investigate the south and that the oil companies could begin to chart the centre and the west. Oman was the last Arab country to be fully explored by western travellers and this book examines and discusses the ways in which the emergent knowledge of Oman was propagated in the West, from the earliest times to 1970, by explorers, missionaries, diplomats, artists,geologists and naturalists, and by those scholars who gradually uncovered the manuscripts and antiquities that allowed them to piece together the history of the area."