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Community and Autonomy in Southern Oman

Authors: Risse, Marielle

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  • Provides a rare scholarly exploration of tribal, Muslim culture in the Dhofar region of Oman  Rejects the idea of cultural determinism, investigating instead moments of individuality and choice in a tribal culture
  • Articulates the complex relationship between autonomy and community in Gibali tribes
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This book explores how there is latitude for people to make their own choices and how the chances to assert independence change over time in a Muslim, Arab, tribal culture. The book first gives a brief overview of day-to-day life in the Dhofar region of southern Oman, then focuses on how the traits of self-control and self-respect are linked in the everyday actions of several groups of tribes who speak Gibali (Jibbali, also known as Shari/Śḥeret), a non-written, Modern South Arabian language. Although no work can express the totality of a culture, this text describes how Gibalis are constantly shifting between preserving autonomy and signaling membership in family, tribal, and national communities. The work reflects observations and conclusions from over ten years of research into the history and culture of the Dhofar region along with longstanding, deep involvement with both men and women in the Gibali community.

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Marielle Risse, Ph.D., has lived and worked in Oman for over 12 years, teaching literature, culture and education at the university level. She has presented at the conferences of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Studies Association, Royal Geographical Society, British Foundation for the Study of Arabia, American Comparative Literature Association, and the Modern Language Association. Her work has been published in the Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, Pedagogy, Journeys, Ariel, Interdisciplinary HumanitiesThe Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Washington Post.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-17004-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-17003-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Community and Autonomy in Southern Oman
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-17004-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-17004-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-17003-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 266
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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