psu logo edited Backgrounder on Oman: Arab Spring

Background information on the Arab Spring in Oman.  Written in January, 2012

psu logo edited Backgrounder on Oman: History

Background information about the history of Oman.

Country Studies

The Library of Congress Country Studies include extensive information about all Middle Eastern countries, including historical overviews as well as information about government structure, economics, and demographics.

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Oman Fact Sheet

A quick fact sheet providing clear information about Oman.

Oman Facts and Figures

Oman facts and figures from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center

Oman Historical Timeline

Timeline of Omani history from 700AD till now.

Oman in Perspective

This resource from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center offers a country profile section containing basic facts about the target country, followed by selected themes organized under the major headings of Geography, History, Economy, Society and Security.

Omani Flag

Details about the Omani flag.

U.S. Relations With Oman

History of U.S. relations with Oman.

Jadaliyya: Oman (text)

A collection of articles about Oman  posted on Jadaliyya

Oman News (text)

Current news about Oman from the New York Times.

Jewel of Muscat

Education materials for teaching about Oman.

Nineteenth-Century American Merchants in the Indian Ocean

The three lessons provide primary source materials that introduce students to US political and economic diplomacy, to the ships and sailing personnel that made journeys to the Indian Ocean and current day Oman possible, and to the shape of American and foreign commerce during the early 19th to the shape of American and foreign commerce during the early 19th century.

Slavery in the Swahili Emirates of East Africa

In 1828 Sultan Seyyed Said of Oman moved his court from Muscat in Arabia to the island of Zanzibar (in present day Tanzania) in order to establish a royal monopoly on clove production. Zanzibari society was Swahili and Muslim, which provided a rigid social and legal framework for the slave trade and the practice of slavery locally. Slaves have certain legal rights under Islamic law that their counterparts elsewhere did not enjoy. However, the constrictions of society and demands of the booming Zanzibari economy in the mid-19th century meant that the laws were neither evenly applied nor always followed. Learn more about the practice of slavery in Africa itself, and how the institution managed to persevere into the 20th century.

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