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Sultan In Oman

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  43 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
In 1955 the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman, southeast of Saudi Arabia on the Arabian Sea, was a truly medieval Islamic State, shuttered against all progress under the aegis of its traditionalist and autocratic ruler. But it was also nearly the end of an imperial line, for in those days the British Government was still powerful in Arabia. Rumors of subversion and the intrigue ...more
Paperback, 166 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Eland (first published 1957)
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Des Small
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jan Morris's brand of prose-poetical musing has never really been my cup of tea (although it is highly regarded by many people who aren't, for whatever reason, me) but this books treats of a straight-up, if mild, adventure: the Sultan leads a convoy in triumph into his reconquered interior territories and invites Morris along for the ride.

It was, and it makes much of the fact, a last chance to indulge old orientalist stereotyping of the old orientalist Arabia before oil money and religious fanat
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous narrative of travels in a distant time and place. I highly recommend it for anyone planning to travel to Oman in reality or in an armchair.
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: world-culture
Could not get through it. Read when I was going to Oman, and when I was in Oman. Mostly found it to be the same thing over and over and was left bored and un-inspired.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel
Dated, yes, but still a fascinating insight into a period of time when the British Empire was on its last legs and the Gulf States were finding their identity. A quick read, if at times a dense read, but recommended.
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
James, later Jan, Morris was a very good travel writer, with the ability to understand the fundamental aspects of a country and to distil the essence in her books, so that others can understand the country too. Here she turns her observant and critical eye on Oman, which at the time was a rather backward-looking, tradition-driven state.
Pratik Pandya
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jan Morris does Justice to the beauty, Not alone of the country but also the ever friendly folks! She gives you an insight on How Oman was just waking up from the long slumber and started taking baby-steps towards Modernisation and Development.
Apr 01, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Realised I'm not a fan of travel memoirs so I stopped reading it.
Chuck Grieve
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Classic Morris, one of her best. Beautiful writing, great insights.
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Jan Morris previously wrote under the name "James Morris".

Jan Morris is a British historian, author and travel writer. Morris was educated at Lancing College, West Sussex, and Christ Church, Oxford, but is Welsh by heritage and adoption. Before 1970 Morris published under her former name, "James Morris", and is known particularly for the Pax Britannica trilogy, a history of the British Empire, and
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