Steffen Wippel (Ed.)

Regionalizing Oman: Political, Economic and Social Dynamics.

United Nations University Series on Regionalism 6. Springer, Dordrecht/Heidelberg et al., 2013, xi + 351 S.


This volume addresses the historical structures and current dynamics of Oman’s regionalization processes and their political, economic and social dimensions. It is based on an interdisciplinary and trans-regional dialogue between scholars from different social sciences and area studies such as political science, economics, management, economic and social geography, history, social anthropology and linguistics as well as Middle East/West Asian, Gulf and African studies, and develops four major axes of research:

- Oman’s integration into global and regional flows of goods, capital, people and ideas;
- The multi-scaled political negotiation of such integration (or disintegration) processes;
- Consequences of suchlike processes and forms of regionalization for (translocal) actors;
- Ideas and strategic communication of regional belonging and the constitution of regions.

Each chapter deals with one or more of these issues. Part I deals with concepts of regionalisation and region-building and presents different approaches that accentuate certain dimensions of these processes and come from different disciplinary backgrounds. Part II focuses on the translocal, transnational and (trans)regional movement of people, their practices and imaginations, be they contemporary labour in- and out-migrants, returnees from Eastern Africa or nomadic tribal members. Part III takes a closer look particularly at economic issues and regionalisation processes that are mainly based on multiple trade links, regional development policies or politics of regionalism. Part IV analyses political and socio-cultural issues in regional and global perspectives.



Preface   v

Fred Scholz

1 “Regionalizing Oman”: A New Interest of Research on Oman and Its Spatial Dimensions   1

Steffen Wippel

Part I   Concepts of Regionalisation and Region-Building

2 Conceptual Considerations of “Space” and “Region”: Political, Economic and Social Dynamics of Region-Building   21

Steffen Wippel

3 Theorizing Regionalism(s): When “Regions” Emerge and Interact   43

Ulrike Lorenz-Carl and Frank Mattheis

4 Working with “Translocality”: Conceptual Implications and Analytical Consequences   63

Katrin Bromber

Part II   The Translocal, Transnational and Transregional Movement of People

5 “We Are Part of Zanzibar” – Translocal Practices and Imaginative Geographies in Contemporary Oman-Zanzibar Relations   75

Julia Verne and Detlef Müller-Mahn

6 Of Red Cells, Translocality and Origins: Inherited Blood Disorders in Oman   91

Claire Beaudevin

7 Oman-India Relations: Exploring the Long- Term Migration Dynamics   107

Samir Pradhan

8 Negotiating Authenticity and Translocality in Oman: The “Desertscapes” of the Harasiis Tribe   129

Dawn Chatty

Part III   Micro and Macro Regionalisation Through Economic Practices

9 Re-reading the Role of Oman Within Its International Trade Relations: From the Sixteenth Through to the Nineteenth Centuries   149

Beatrice Nicolini

10 Oman and the Indian Ocean Rim – Economic Integration Across Conventional Meta-Regions   159

Steffen Wippel

11 Oman Caught Between the GCC Customs Union and Bilateral Free Trade with the US: Is It Worth Breaking the Rules?   185

Anja Zorob

12 Musandam and Its Trade with Iran. Regional Linkages Across the Strait of Hormuz   205

Michael Benz

13 Is Littoralization Reconfi guring the Omani Territory?   217

Belgacem Mokhtar

14 The Impact of Shopping Malls on Traditional Retail Stores in Muscat. Case Study of Al-Seeb Wilayat   227

Montasser I.M. Abdelghani

Part IV   State and Society in Regional and Global Perspectives

15 Private Documents as a Source for Regional History: The Archive of the ‘Abrîyîn of Al-Hamrâ’   251

Michaela Hoffmann-Ruf

16 Domesticating Local Elites. Sheikhs, Walis and State-Building Under Sultan Qaboos   267

Marc Valeri

17 Musandam: Creating a New Region Across the Water   279

Gulshan Dietl

18 The Political Economy of Internationalization and Privatization of Higher Education in the Sultanate of Oman   289

Torsten Brandenburg

19 Bringing the Global and the Local Together Through English in Oman   305

Rahma Ibrahim Al-Mahrooqi and Victoria Tuzlukova

Part V   Conclusion

20 Concluding Remarks: Regionalizing Oman Beyond Conventional Metageographies   321

Steffen Wippel

Author Bios   333

Index   341


Stichworte, keywords, mots-clé:

Oman, Abrīyīn, Abu Dhabi, Africa, Batina, Busaidi, Al Bu Said, Dakhiliya, Dakhliyya, Al-Dhahira, Al-Khoud, Al-Seeb, Sharkiyah, Sharqiya; Sharqiyya, Al-Wadi al-Kabir, Al-Wusta, Ya‘rubī, Arab Arabian Peninsula, Persian-Arab Gulf; Persian Gulf, Bahrain, Baluchi, trade, culture, customs union, Dhofar, seascape, desertscape, East Africa, GCC, Gulf Cooperation Council, Indian Ocean, Regionalism, regionalisation, FTA, Hormuz, geography, geopolitics, geoeconomics, Gujarat, Ibadi, International relations (IR), Interregionalism, identity, India, INORI, Kuwait, Indian Ocean rim, IOR-ARC, Indian subcontinent, Iran, Kerala, Jiddat il-Harasiis, landscape, migrants, migration, Musandam, Mombasa, Muscat, Maskat, Mascate, Nizwa, network, oil, Persia, place, Qaboos, Qabus, Qatar, Katar, Regional integration, Sa‘id bin Sultan, Taimur, Salalah, Sa‘ud, Saudi Arabia, Scholz, China, Sheikh, Sohar, Territorialism, Territoriality, Territorial nation-state (TNS), Territorial trap, Thailand, Thalassaemia, Thalassocratic, Therapeutic, tourism, tradition, investment, translocal, translocality, transnational, transstate, tribal, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Vereinigte Arabische Emirate, United Kingdom (UK), WHO, shopping mall, Sickle-cell anaemia, Zanzibar, Sansibar, Zanzibari, Zanzibar-Omani, Omani-Zanzibari, Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO)

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