Oman is an important country for the West, both as an oil exporter and as a key ally strategically placed at the entrance to the Gulf. This book, first published in 1987, provides an overview of post-war social, political and economic developments in the country. It outlines the historical and geographical background, considers economic developments both in the oil and non-oil sectors, as well as exploring societal changes in Omani culture and education.
Table of Contents
1. Oman’s Odyssey: From Imamate to Sultanate J.E. Peterson 2. Complications of Geography, Ethnology and Tribalism Fredrik Barth 3. Ibadism and the Sectarian Perspective Dale F. Eickelman 4. Dhofar: What Made it Different? Miranda Morris 5. Indigo: An Arab Curiosity and its Omani Variations Jenny Balfour-Paul 6. Updating Agriculture and Associated Rural Enterprises R.W. Dutton 7. Geo-Constants in Oman H. Bowen-Jones 8. Oman’s Development Strategy John Whelan 9. Successful Education and Human Resource Development: the Key to Sustained Economic Growth J.S. Birks and C.A. Sinclair 10. Oil in Oman: a Short Historical Note Francis Hughes 11. Oman, the Gulf and the United States John Duke Anthony 12. Oman’s Role in the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Region Riad N. El-Rayyes 13. Military Strategy and Regional Security in the Gulf: the Options for the West and the Moderate Gulf States Anthony H. Cordesman