This book reassesses the reign of Said bin Taymur, who was deposed by his son, Qabus bin Said, in a coup in July 1970. Contemporary historiography of the period of Said's rule (1932-1970) views Oman as medieval and isolationist; Qabus' later government is seen as progressive and enlightened, with his ascendancy to the throne often described as the 'rebirth of Oman' from its 'medieval slumber' into a thriving and prosperous Sultanate. This study refutes the prevailing view that Said's four-decade reign should be perceived as a place where time stood still. The author offers a critical look at the economic, political, social and cultural aspects of Oman during the reign of Said bin Taymur. The book mainly focuses on tribe-state relations, emphasizing their dynamic interaction, with particular attention paid to the relationships between the tribal groups. Uzi Rabi's book reinterprets a significant timescale in the modern history of the Arabian Peninsula and pre-oil societies, and will be essential reading for both students and scholars of Middle Eastern history, culture and society.
Prof. Uzi Rabi is Director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies. His numerous academic works include Yemen: Revolution, Civil War, and Unification (I.B Tauris, 2005). He provides consultation to the media and Israeli policymakers on contemporary Middle Eastern issues.
Introduction; Historical Structures in Oman; The Reign of Sa'id, 1932-1952; The Creation of the Unified Tribal State, 1955-1959; The Unified Tribal State, 1960-1964; Two Different Versions of the State; The Discovery of Oil and the Dhufar Rebellion; The End of the Unified Tribal State, November 1964-July 1970; Conclusion.