Oman The Islamic Democratic Tradition

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.

Oman   The Islamic Democratic Tradition

Oman is the inheritor of a unique political tradition, the imama (imamate), and has a special place in the Arab Islamic world. From the eighth century and for more than a thousand years, the story of Oman was essentially a story of an original, minority, movement: the Ibadi. This long period was marked by the search for a just imama through the Ibadi model of the Islamic State. Hussein Ghubash’s well-researched book takes the reader on an historical voyage through geography, politics, and culture of the region, from the sixteenth century to the present day. Oman has long-standing ties with East Africa as well as Europe; the first contact between Oman and European imperialist powers took place at the dawn of the 1500s with the arrival of the Portuguese, eventually followed by the Dutch, French and British. 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.

Oman The Islamic Democratic Tradition

Moreover, Omanand the Omaniswere tooccupy aspecialplace in the early history of Islam. ... According to the prophetic ḥadīth (traditions)41mentioned in the writings of the historiansandthe Omani ʽulamāʼ, the Messenger predicted ...

Oman   The Islamic Democratic Tradition

Oman is the inheritor of a unique political tradition, the imama (imamate), and has a special place in the Arab Islamic world. From the eighth century and for more than a thousand years, the story of Oman was essentially a story of an original, minority, movement: the Ibadi. This long period was marked by the search for a just imama through the Ibadi model of the Islamic State. Hussein Ghubash’s well-researched book takes the reader on an historical voyage through geography, politics, and culture of the region, from the sixteenth century to the present day. Oman has long-standing ties with East Africa as well as Europe; the first contact between Oman and European imperialist powers took place at the dawn of the 1500s with the arrival of the Portuguese, eventually followed by the Dutch, French and British. 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.

Oman

Hussein Ghubash's well-researched book delves into the forces that have shaped Oman's formation from an ancient tribal settlement to a modern polity.

Oman

The current political shape of Oman must accordingly be understood as the inheritor of a tradition harking back to the imama - a consultative, elective political system more than 1,200 years old. Hussein Ghubash's well-researched book delves into the forces that have shaped Oman's formation from an ancient tribal settlement to a modern polity. Ghubash takes the reader on a historical voyage through the region, from the sixteenth century to the present day. Oman long had ties with East Africa as well as Europe; the first contact between Oman and European imperialist powers took place at the dawn of the 1500s with the arrival of the Portuguese, eventually followed in the Gulf by the Dutch, French and British. Persuasive, thorough and drawing on Western as well as Islamic political theory, Ghubash analyses the different historical roles, at times even burdens, placed on Oman and presents modern Oman as a state seeking a balance between past and present to best serve as a force for stability and peace in the Gulf.

The Report Oman 2007

THE MAJLIS AL-SHURA, OR ADVISORY COUNCIL, IS A PART OF ISLAMIC TRADITION OMAN OFTEN VOICES ITS INDEPENDENT VIEWS ... Indeed, Oman's own version of representative democracy is developing organically out of existing cultural traditions.

The Report  Oman 2007


Democracy and Youth in the Middle East

Islam, Tribalism and the Rentier State in Oman Sulaiman Al-Farsi ... Aashur, S.A. Tareekh Ahl Oman (Muscat: Al-Sharqiyah Printer, 2005), pp. 157–177. 11. Rabi, U. The Emergence of ... Ghubash, H. Oman: The Islamic Democratic Tradition.

Democracy and Youth in the Middle East

The leaders of the oil-rich rentier states of the Middle East, and in particular in the Gulf, have hitherto often predicated their legitimacy on a tacit social contract with their (much poorer) populations. This social contract consists of little or no direct taxation, with some sort of subsidised living. But the casualty of this tacit agreement is often political participation, an issue which has come to the forefront in the Middle East following the 'Arab Spring' of 2011. Here, Sulaiman Al-Farsi looks at the impact the rentier nature of the Gulf States has on political participation, focusing on the nexus between tribe, religion and a new generation of young, highly educated citizens that is present in Oman. Specifically exploring the concept of shura (consultation), and how nascent concepts of democracy in the practice of shura have impacted and shaped the process of democratisation, Al-Farsi's book is vital in the examination of the political discourse surrounding democratisation across one of the most strategically important, but little understood states in the Middle East.

Social and Gender Inequality in Oman

The Power of Religious and Political Tradition Khalid M. Al-Azri ... Eltigani, E. Eltigani 'Levels and Trends of Fertility in Oman and Yemen' (2001), ... Oman: The Islamic Democratic Tradition, translated by Mary Turton.

Social and Gender Inequality in Oman

Looking at the social, political and legal changes in Oman since 1970, this book challenges the Islamic and tribal traditional cultural norms relating to marriage, divorce and women’s rights which guide social and legal practice in the modern Omani state. The book argues that despite the establishment of legal instruments guaranteeing equality for all citizens, the fact that the state depends upon Islamic and tribal elites for its legitimacy invalidates these guarantees in practice. Two particular features of the legal and cultural regulation of marriage and marital rights are focused on - the perceived requirement for kafa’aor equality in marriage between so called high and low socio-economic status peoples is examined, and the institution of talaq, which grants greater rights to men than to women in appeals for divorce. This book addresses highly complex subjects with great rigor, in terms of empirical research and engagement with theory, sociological and political as well as theological and legal. It is an interesting investigation of the divisions of authority between the state, Islam and tribal norms, highlighting barriers to reform in both Oman and wider Islamic society, and advocating the removal of such obstacles.

A History of Modern Oman

See Hussein Ghubash, Oman: The Islamic Democratic Tradition (London: Routledge, 2006), for an extended treatment of shura in Omani life and politics. Ghubash's study does not extend its coverage beyond 1964, and although the author ...

A History of Modern Oman

The ideal introduction to the history of modern Oman from the eighteenth century to the present, this book combines the most recent scholarship on Omani history with insights drawn from a close analysis of the politics and international relations of contemporary Oman. Jeremy Jones and Nicholas Ridout offer a distinctive new approach to Omani history, building on postcolonial thought and integrating the study of politics and culture. The book addresses key topics including Oman's historical cosmopolitanism, the distinctive role of Omani Islam in the country's social and political life, Oman's role in the global economy of the nineteenth century, insurrection and revolution in the twentieth century, the role of Sultan Qaboos in the era of oil and Oman's unique regional and diplomatic perspective on contemporary issues.

Ancient Water Agreements Tribal Law and Ibadism

Open Mind Publications Al-Rawahy A (undated) Islamic concept of Al-Shura and the Omani Model Al-Rawas I (2000) Oman ... the Masālik al-Dīn. Bull Sch Orient Afr Stud 73(2):207–222 Ghubash H (2006) Oman – the Islamic democratic tradition.

Ancient Water Agreements  Tribal Law and Ibadism

This book traces the development of Oman's inclusive agreements and highlights their importance for international negotiations, dealing with issues most relevant to humanity's own survival today, nuclear weapons or climate change. In Oman, a historical seafaring nation on the south-eastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula, a culture of agreement that accommodates the interests of everyone has developed around the division of scarce water resources. Life in the arid inland of the Omani Hajar mountains would not have been possible without water. Irrigation channel (falaj) construction is extremely old and skilful therein. Local practices evolved around the division of water and land on the basis of fairness. The community would be best served by inclusion and the avoidance of conflict. A specific Islamic school called Ibadi arrived at Oman early on in the eighth century. Ibadi scholars conserved local practices. Consultation and mediation by sheikhs and the religious leader, Imam, became the law of the land. The Omanis were known as the People of Consultation, Ahl Al Shura. In time, the practice of inclusive agreements would extend far beyond the village level, affecting Oman ́s foreign policy under Sultan Qaboos. Oman ́s water diplomacy succeeded in uniting the contestants of the Middle East Peace Process in the 1990s to work together on common problems of water desalination.

Oman Culture and Diplomacy

'Abdullah al-Jahdhmi, Hyat Oman al-Fikriya hta Nihayat al-Imama al-Ula 134 AH, p. 57. 10 Isam al-Rawas, Oman in Early Islamic History, p. 38. 11 Abdulrahman Al-Salimi, ... Oman: The Islamic Democratic Tradition, p. 6. 35 Ibid., p. 7.

Oman  Culture and Diplomacy

This book is a cultural history, offering an historical account of the formation of a distinctive Omani culture; arguing that it is in this unique culture that a specific conception and practice of diplomacy has been developed.

Historical Dictionary of Arab and Islamic Organizations

Oman: The Islamic Democratic Tradition. London: Routledge, 2006. Hamilton, Alastair. An Arabian Utopia: The Western Discovery of Oman. London: Arcadian Library, 2010. Jones, Jeremy, and Nicholas Peter Ridout. A History of Modern Oman.

Historical Dictionary of Arab and Islamic Organizations

The Historical Dictionary of Arab and Islamic Organizations focuses on international and regional organizations primarily in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. With more than 300 cross-referenced entries, this volume includes both major and minor organizations. While the emphasis is on intergovernmental institutions, it also covers non-governmental organizations, key countries, movements, and prominent figures in the Arab and Islamic world. Like other dictionaries of this type, it includes an introductory essay, chronology of major events, and a select bibliography for further reading. It provides a solid starting point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the subject.

Oman s Basic Statute and Human Rights Protections and Restrictions

10 other coasts of the Gulf, which were under the nominal control of the Sultan of Oman. A new Ibadi Imamate emerged in the ... Oman – the Islamic Democratic Tradition: An Islamic Democracy (in Arabic) pp. 197-201 11 Manea, E. (2005).

Oman s Basic Statute and Human Rights  Protections and Restrictions


Iraq Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World

Oman – The Islamic Democratic Tradition Hussein Ghubash 9. The Secret Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations in Oslo Their success and why the process ultimately failed Sven Behrendt 10. Globalization and Geopolitics in the Middle East Old ...

Iraq  Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World

Topics such as the compatibility of Islam and democracy, and the question of whether democracy can be encouraged in the Middle East are looked at carefully. Contributors evaluate the circumstances under which democracy can be imposed by outside force, and ask what forces are driving the confrontation between the West and Islam, before looking at how this confrontation is likely to develop. --

Encyclopedia of Global Religion

The Ibadi Muslims give particular importance to the way of selecting the leader of the Umma— the Muslim community: In theory, any Muslim ... The Sunnī Muslims in Oman follow the Hanafi rite. ... Oman: The Islamic democratic tradition.

Encyclopedia of Global Religion

Presents entries A to L of a two-volume encyclopedia discussing religion around the globe, including biographies, concepts and theories, places, social issues, movements, texts, and traditions.

Community and Autonomy in Southern Oman

collection of essays, Regionalizing Oman: Political, Economic and Social Dynamics (2013), has only one Omani co-author, Rahma Al-Mahrooqi. Books by Omanis include Ghubash's Oman: The Islamic Democratic Tradition (2006), ...

Community and Autonomy in Southern Oman

This book explores how there is latitude for people to make their own choices and how the chances to assert independence change over time in a Muslim, Arab, tribal culture. The book first gives a brief overview of day-to-day life in the Dhofar region of southern Oman, then focuses on how the traits of self-control and self-respect are linked in the everyday actions of several groups of tribes who speak Gibali (Jibbali, also known as Shari/Śḥeret), a non-written, Modern South Arabian language. Although no work can express the totality of a culture, this text describes how Gibalis are constantly shifting between preserving autonomy and signaling membership in family, tribal, and national communities. The work reflects observations and conclusions from over ten years of research into the history and culture of the Dhofar region along with longstanding, deep involvement with both men and women in the Gibali community.

Political Islam

Forbackground see Hussein Ghubash, Oman: the Islamic Democratic Tradition, Abingdon: Routledge, 2006. 74. Jeremy Jones and Nicholas Ridout, 'Democratic Development in Oman', Middle East Journal, vol. 59, no. 3 (Summer 2005), pp. 376–92.

Political Islam

This volume offers a comprehensive discussion of the contemporary debates within political Islam, providing an in-depth analysis of the specific movements, countries and regions in the Arab world and Israel. The contributors contend that the evolution of Islamic movements is contextual rather than ideological. Therefore, Islamic movements are best understood individually within their own historical, socio-political and cultural setting. Political Islam is an essential reference for academi, researchers and the media, as well as general readers with an interest in Islamic political debates. Contributors include Abdullah Baabood, Youcef Bouandel, Abdelwahab El-Affendi, Kamal Helbawy, Roel Meijer, Ibrahim Moussawi, Tariq Ramadan, Tilde Rosmer, Murad Batal al-Shishani, Sara Silvestri and Camille Tawil. '[Hroub's] work on Hamas is exceptional ... a lucid, informative and extremely valuable introduction to this complex organisation.' Sara Roy, Harvard University

Oman

Hussein Ghubash, Oman: The Islamic Democratic Tradition, new York, routledge, 2006. Fred Halliday, Arabia without Sultans, london, Penguin Books, 1974. abdulmalik al-Hinai, State Formation in Oman, 1861-1970 (University of london, ...

Oman

Based on years of first-hand research, this study treats the political career of Sultan Qaboos of Oman as a case study of the social and political mechanisms that perpetuate authoritarianism in post-colonial states. Valeri also evaluates the situations in Morocco, Jordan and the Persian Gulf.

Statebuilding and Counterinsurgency in Oman

Geraghty, Tony., Guns for Hire: The Inside Story of Freelance Soldiering (London: Piatkus, 2007). Ghubash, Hussein., Oman: The Islamic Democratic Tradition (Abingdon: Routledge, 2006). Gorst, Anthony and Kelly, Sally (Eds.)., ...

Statebuilding and Counterinsurgency in Oman

In the depths of the Cold War and in the wake of Britain's announcement of its intention to withdraw 'East of Suez' by the end of 1971, Britain was faced with the stark reality of a Marxist rebellion in the Dhofar province of Oman. 'State Building and Counter Insurgency in Oman' offers an exploration of the attempts by officials and politicians in Whitehall and the Gulf to reconcile attempts to protect national interests and create an effective, centralised Omani administration and security bodies, whilst maintaining the image of strategic withdrawal and the sovereign independence of Oman. This book thus provides vital information and analysis for students and researchers of Middle East History and Politics, the decline and end of empire and the policymaking processes at the heart of an imperial and military withdrawal.

The Rough Guide to Oman Travel Guide eBook

There's a surprising amount written about Oman, largely by the various explorers, adventurers and soldiers who tramped through the country between the 1950s and 1990s in search ... Hussein Ghubash Oman: The Islamic Democratic Tradition.

The Rough Guide to Oman  Travel Guide eBook

Discover this beguiling destination with the most incisive and entertaining guidebook on the market. Whether you plan to watch turtles lay their eggs at Ras Al Jinz,shop for bargains at the labyrinthine Muttrah Souk or hike the Hajar mountains, The Rough Guide to Oman will show you the ideal places to sleep, eat, drink, shop and visit along the way. - Independent, trusted reviews written with Rough Guides' trademark blend of humour, honesty and insight, to help you get the most out of your visit, with options to suit every budget. - Full-colour maps throughout - navigate the historic quarter of Old Muscat or plot your route along the Rustaq Loop without needing to get online - Stunning images - a rich collection of inspiring colour photography. - Things not to miss - Rough Guides' rundown of Oman's best sights and experiences. - Itineraries - carefully planned routes to help you organize your trip. Detailed regional coverage - whether off the beaten track or in more mainstream tourist destinations, this travel guide has in-depth practical advice for every step of the way. Areas covered include: Muscat; the Hajar mountains; Nizwa; Al Hamra; Al Batinah; Seeb; Barka; the Rustaq Loop; the Musandam peninsula; Khasab; Sharqiya; Sur; Saiq Plateau; Dhofar. Attractions include: Sultan Qaboos Mosque; Jebel Shams; Jabrin Fort; Khor ash Sham; Jebel Harim; Ras al Jinz; Wahiba Sands; souks; wadis. - Basics - essential pre-departure practical information including getting there, local transport, accommodation, food and drink, health, the media, festivals, outdoor activities, culture and etiquette, and more. Background information - a Contexts chapter devoted to history, wildlife and recommended books, with a useful language section and glossary. Make the Most of Your Time on Earth with The Rough Guide to Oman About Rough Guides : Escape the everyday with Rough Guides. We are a leading travel publisher known for our "tell it like it is" attitude, up-to-date content and great writing. Since 1982, we've published books covering more than 120 destinations around the globe, with an ever-growing series of ebooks, a range of beautiful, inspirational reference titles, and an award-winning website. We pride ourselves on our accurate, honest and informed travel guides.

American Democracy Promotion in the Changing Middle East

Oman – The Islamic Democratic Tradition Hussein Ghubash 9. The Secret Israeli–Palestinian Negotiations in Oslo Their success and why the process ultimately failed Sven Behrendt 10. Globalization and Geopolitics in the Middle East Old ...

American Democracy Promotion in the Changing Middle East

The recent "Arab spring", with its popular uprisings in many Arab countries, has exposed the ambiguity at the heart of American promotion of democracy in the Middle East. The US invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq were packaged as democracy promotion, as heralding the beginning of a new phase in the politics of the Middle East when democracy would replace authoritarian regimes. Many of these authoritarian regimes, however, were sustained by US support. The recent popular uprisings threaten to bring democracy without promotion by the US, and threaten to overthrow regimes previously supported by the US and important for US strategy in the region – hence an initial hesitant response by the US to some of the uprisings. This book explores the contradictions in American democracy promotion in the Middle East. It discusses the principles underlying US democracy promotion, and the debates surrounding US policy formation, and examines the application of US democracy promotion in specific cases. It concludes by assessing the likely future patterns of US engagement with democratic reform in the Middle East.

Muslims Scholars Soldiers

The Origin and Elaboration of the Ibadi Imamate Traditions Adam Gaiser. 16. 17. 18. ... 'Umān: al-Dīmuqrātiyya al-Islāmiyya Taqlīd al-Imāma (Beirut: Dār al-Jadīd, 1997), 68; Ghubash, Hussein, Oman—The Islamic Democratic Tradition, tr.

Muslims  Scholars  Soldiers

This book is a study of the origin and development of the Ibadi Imamate ideal into its medieval Arabian and North African articulations, this study traces the distinctive features of the Ibadi imama to precedents among the early Kharijites, Rashidun Caliphs and pre-Islamic Arabs.