Situating Gibalis: Governance, History, Religion, and Tribes

  • Marielle Risse


This chapter looks at the macro-issues which influence modern daily life in Dhofar: history, geography, religion, and tribes. It begins with a brief overview of Omani and Dhofari history, giving attention to the Dhofar war (1965–1975) and the Arab Spring (2011). It then describes various aspects of the Omani government and how Islam is practiced in Dhofar, focusing not on doctrine but how Dhofaris see their daily lives organized and empowered by Islam. The chapter ends with a short overview of the tribal system and (expat) non-tribal groups in Dhofar. For each macro-issue, there are explanations of how Omanis fit themselves into the frameworks of citizen and tribal member but keep the right to make their own decisions.


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  1. 1.Dhofar UniversitySalalahOman

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