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Oman : Political Development in a Changing World (Hardcover)

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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, Omans position is of key importance to the security of the entire Gulf, which holds a large portion of the worlds oil resources. In a 1970 palace coup, Sultan Qaboos ibn Said 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 countrys social and economic needs. Professor Riphenburg has provided a survey that will be invaluable to all students and researchers of the modern Middle East. *Author: Riphenburg, Carol J. *Binding Type: Hardcover *Number of Pages: 264 *Publication Date: 1998/02/18 *Language: English *Dimensions: 9.48 x 6.30 x 0.85 inches


Publisher Greenwood Pub Group
Mfg Part# 9780275961442
SKU 212920913
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0275961443
Release Date 11/3/2009
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