Oman - the Islamic Democratic Tradition

Oman - the Islamic Democratic Tradition

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 286 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 14mm | 498g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English, French
  • 4 black & white illustrations
  • 1138994618
  • 9781138994614

About Hussein Ghubash

Dr Ghubash is the author of several books and the U.A.E. ambassador to UNESCO. He holds a PhD in political science.show more

Table of contents

Introduction Part 1: The Imama State from Its Formation to the British Colonial Order 1. The Ibad'i Doctrine: Origin, Thought and Tradition 2. The Portuguese Period 1500-1650 3. The Example of the Ibadh'i Islamic State in Modern History 4. Al-bu Sa'idi's State: The Origin of the Sultanate System 5. Sah'el Oman: The Common History (1750-1850) a Historical Reminder Part 2: From the Colonial Challange to the Imamate Response: From the Dismantling of the Omani Empire to the Present Day Chapter Vithe Omani-African State (1650-1860) 6. The Revolution of Imam 'azzan Ibn Qays Al-bu Sa'idi (1869-1871) 7. Oman between Independence and Dependence 8. The Sultanate of Muscat and the Imama of Oman 9. The Revolution of 1964: Towards the End of Colonial Partition and Chaos. Conclusionshow more