Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-2-2021

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Croft Institute for International Studies

First Advisor

Ashleen Williams

Second Advisor

Emily Fransee

Third Advisor

Zachary Guthrie

Relational Format



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.



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