Title: By Joe Magrath, Warren Rubin, and Georgia Boxer
By Joe Magrath Warren Rubin and Georgia Boxer
2 OUR THESIS As the government and rule of Oman revolutionized and went through changes the entire country almost simultaneously modernized and is still modernizing into a dynamic self-sustaining economy and culture 3 ECONOMIC FACTORS
3 Phase Development
1970-1986 Rapid Expansion
1986-1989 Retrenchment and Rationalization
1990-Present Stabilzed Growth
Sultan Qabus has increased economic/structural growth since he came to power.
Qabus implemented economic development and modernization programs.
Oil export transformed style of living.
4 ECONOMIC FACTORS
Per capita income
Pre- 1970 No economic infrastructure
Post- 1970 Development of Roads Seaports Airports Power plants schools hospitals and low-income housing. All result of oil revenue
Oman is taking steps to stabilize economy on a renewable resource as opposed to oil
5 POLITICAL FACTORS
MONARCHY NO ELECTIONS (hereitary)
SULTAN/PRIME MINISTER LEADER
Suffrage for 21 and over
Lower chamber appointed by popular vote of public
With limited power to propose legislation/advisory power
Legal system based on Sharia and secular law
Hinders modernity because of conservative/orthodox Islamic views
6 POLITICAL FACTORS
Oil revenues/income facilitated pattern of political power created non-royal elite
Often mediator between oil-driven nations
Before oil borders not concrete
Organized authority only at ports
British defined boundaries because of OIL
Disputes/claims of land emerge only after British leave because of imposed importance of OIL
7 CULTURAL FACTORS
LANGUAGE Arabic English Persian
PEOPLES Arab Asian African Baluchi
DOMINATING RELIGION ISLAM
Ibadi Muslim (75)
8 CULTURAL FACTORS
Men dishdasha long usually white collarless gown INFLUENCED BY ISLAM
Khanjar curved dagger worn at the waist
MOST DISTINGUISHING FEATURE OF OMANI PERSONALITY/MALE ELEGANCE
Women varies from region to region influenced by ISLAM
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