The Sultanate of Oman is one of the few good news stories to have emerged from the Middle East in recent memory. This book traces the narrative of a little-kwn and relatively stable Arab country whose history of independence, legacy of interaction with diverse cultures, and enlightened modern leadership have transformed it in less than fifty years from an isolated medieval-style potentate to a stable, dynamic, and largely optimistic country.At the heart of this fascinating story is Oman s sultan, Qaboos bin Sa id, friend to both East and West, whose unique leadership style has resulted in both domestic and foreign policy achievements during more than four decades in office.Exploring Oman from a historical perspective, Funsch examines how the country s unique blend of tradition and modernization has enabled it to succeed while others in the region have failed. Accounts of the author s own experiences with Oman s transformation add rich layers of depth, texture, and personality to the narrative.
Linda Pappas Funsch is a specialist in modern Middle East studies and Islamic history. She has studied, worked, and traveled extensively throughout the region. A freelance writer, consultant, and educator for more than forty years, she lectures frequently about Oman at scholarly symposia and institutions such as the World Bank, the World Affairs Council, Georgetown University, and the National Council on US-Arab Relations.