During his five-decade reign, Sultan Qaboos bin Said relied on heritage as a key tool for nation-building. Old forts and objects central to Omani traditional culture like the coffee urn and the ceremonial dagger became symbols of a unifying national ethos. At the same time, their former political significance was downplayed. But some Omanis have held onto memories of a different conception of the past. And now, after the sultan’s death in 2020, heritage is becoming more of a privatized business sector.
Forging Nationalism Through Heritage in Oman
Amal Sachedina is a professorial lecturer in anthropology at American University and the author of Cultivating the Past, Living the Modern: The Politics of Time in the Sultanate of Oman (Cornell University Press, 2021).
Amal Sachedina; Forging Nationalism Through Heritage in Oman. Current History 1 December 2021; 120 (830): 360–365. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2021.120.830.360
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