The solitary sultan and the construction of the new Oman

Authored by: J.E. Peterson

Governance in the Middle East and North Africa

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  February  2013

Print ISBN: 9781857435849
eBook ISBN: 9780203850053
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On the surface, and to the casual visitor or observer, governing Oman undoubtedly would seem to be a snap. The country is so quiet that virtually no mention of Oman ever seems to reach most of the outside world—apart from glowing articles in travel pages of newspapers (one European journalist some years ago described the Sultanate as an ‘Islamic California’). The present sultan, Qaboos bin Said of the Al Said family, has ruled since 1970, benevolently and almost single-handedly.

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