Oman: The Islamic Democratic Tradition.

Author:Rhodes, Fred
Position:Brief article - Book review

OMAN THE ISLAMIC DEMOCRATIC TRADITION By Hussein Ghubash published by Routledge ISBN 0 415 37568 1 price 60.00 [pounds sterling] hardback

Oman is the inheritor of a unique political tradition, the imama (imamate), and has a special place in the Arab Islamic world. From the eighth century and for more than a thousand years, the story of Oman was essentially a story of an original, minority, movement: the Ibadi. This long period was marked by the search for a just imama through the Ibadi model of the Islamic State.

Hussein Ghubash's book takes the reader on a historical voyage, drawing on western as well as Islamic political theory, through geography, politics, and culture of the region, from the...

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