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Cultivating the Past, Living the Modern: The Politics of Time in the Sultanate of Oman

Amal Sachedina


This book explores how and why heritage has emerged as a prevalent force in building the modern nation-state of Oman. The book analyses the relations with the past that undergird the shift in Oman from an Ibadi shari'a Imamate (1913–1958) to a modern nation-state from 1970 onwards. Since its inception as a nation-state, material forms in the Sultanate of Oman — such as old mosques and shari'a manuscripts, restored forts, national symbols such as the coffee pot or the dagger (khanjar), and archaeological sites — have saturated the landscape, becoming increasingly ubiquitous as part of a standar ... More

Keywords: Oman, nation-state, Sultanate of Oman, heritage industry, Ibadi shari'a Imamate, national narrative

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501758614
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501758614.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amal Sachedina, author
American University