This is an examination of the political, economic and social development of Oman from the accession Sultan Qaboos in a palace coup in 1970 to the promulation of the basic law of 1996. The book argues that the sultanate does not follow the "rentier" model but the patriarchal tradition.
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Digest of Middle East Studies
"This is the definitive and best-designed work on the current ruler of Oman...likely to remain the definitive study and a source of primary reference on the country and its ruler"s accomplishment for some time and should be considered as indispensable study for students and scholars alike."
Middle East Journal,winter 00
"Allen and Rigsbee have an exciting story to tell and they tell it well."
"Highly recommended for students and scholars of contemporary Middle East."