Oman Reborn

Balancing Tradition and Modernization

  • Authors
  • Linda Pappas Funsch

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Linda Pappas Funsch
    Pages 1-7
  3. Linda Pappas Funsch
    Pages 9-33
  4. Linda Pappas Funsch
    Pages 35-58
  5. Linda Pappas Funsch
    Pages 59-80
  6. Linda Pappas Funsch
    Pages 81-115
  7. Linda Pappas Funsch
    Pages 117-155
  8. Linda Pappas Funsch
    Pages 157-176
  9. Linda Pappas Funsch
    Pages 177-189
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 191-245

About this book


The Sultanate of Oman is one of the few "good news" stories to have emerged from the Middle East in recent memory. This book traces the narrative of a little-known and relatively stable Arab country whose history of independence, legacy of interaction with diverse cultures, and enlightened modern leadership have transformed it in less than fifty years from an isolated medieval-style potentate to a stable, dynamic, and largely optimistic country.

At the heart of this fascinating story is Oman’s sultan, Qaboos bin Sa’id, friend to both East and West, whose unique leadership style has resulted in both domestic and foreign policy achievements during more than four decades in office.

Exploring Oman from a historical perspective, Funsch examines how the country’s unique blend of tradition and modernization has enabled it to succeed while others in the region have failed. Accounts of the author’s own experiences with Oman’s transformation add rich layers of depth, texture, and personality to the narrative.


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