Oman: Political Development in a Changing World

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Praeger, 1998 - 248 pages

The Sultanate of Oman overlooks one of the most strategic waterways in the Middle East: the Strait of Hormuz. Sharing the guardianship of the Strait with Iran, Oman's position is of key importance to the security of the entire Gulf, which holds a large portion of the world's oil resources. In a 1970 palace coup, Sultan Qaboos ibn Sa'id overthrew the repressive and reclusive rule of his father and embarked on a program of modernization. Oman became one of the success stories of the developing world, instituting a modern educational system, creating a modern infrastructure, becoming an oil exporter, and constucting an elaborate social welfare system.

Today the country faces a host of challenges. Oman cannot defend itself from hostile neighbors without assistance. Restructuring Omani society and the economy present even greater difficulties. Moreover, change must occur at a time when Islamic movements pose a significant political threat, and oil income is not sufficient to meet the country's social and economic needs. Professor Riphenburg has provided a survey that will be invaluable to all students and researchers of the modern Middle East.

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Contents

The Legacy of History
19
Political Culture Civil Society
55
Political Development and the Challenge
85
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About the author (1998)

CAROL J. RIPHENBURG is Associate Professor of Political Science at the College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL. She has written and lectured extensively on the role of women in Middle Eastern and African politics and society.

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