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Croft Institute for International Studies
In 1970, Sultan Qaboos bin Said seized power from his father Sultan Said bin Taimur in a bloodless coup with backing from the British. Prior to this, bin Taimur led with policies that left Oman open to foreign involvement and internal divisions between the interior and exterior of the country. After coming to power, Qaboos undertook several progressive policies to modernize and unite the country. This paper examines how two cultural symbols- camel racing and military pageantry- were used to develop ethnic nationalism into civic nationalism.
Williams, Elizabeth, "Why did the Camel Cross the Road?: The use of Camel Racing and Military Pageantry in Unifying Oman through Nationalism Racing" (2021). Honors Theses. 1749.
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