Flights arrive in Atlanta
9:00 AM - Breakfast Available
9:30 AM - Introductions - Allen Fromherz
Opening Remarks -
His Excellency, Ambassador Moosa Al Taee Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman to the United States and Wolfgang Schloer, Associate Provost for International Initiatives, Georgia State University.
The Conference will be in a format to encourage discussion. Presenters are asked to keep their papers brief (10-15 minutes maximum) and a summary of their work, not a reading of their chapter or existing work. Short Powerpoints (10 slides maximum) will be allowed but must be sent to Michelle Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ahu Kostak-Bulat (email@example.com) by September 10, 2021, to be uploaded in advance.
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Roundtable Theme 1: The Omani Renaissance
Society and Religion Sultan Qaboos bin Sa‘id often appealed directly to the Omani people in his speeches and policies. He knew that change and development would require the cooperation of various sectors of Omani society as well as religious leaders. Instead of a radical break from the past, the Omani Renaissance was presented as a project of bridinging change and continuity. These papers examine the historical background of the Omani Renaissance and its impact on Omani religion, society and national identity.
- Allen Fromherz, “Speaking of the Renaissance: Sultan Qaboos and his Speeches.”
- J.E. Peterson, “Nation and State in Oman: The Initial Impact of 1970.”
- Abdulrahman al-Salimi, “From the First Renaissance to the Second: The Historical and Legal Basis for the Sultanate.”
5 Minute Break
- Valerie J. Hoffman, “The Interpretation of Islam under Sultan Qaboos.”
- Mandana E. Limbert, “In the Middle of a Reign.”
- Michael Bos, “Sultan Qaboos, Religious Pluralism and the Middle Path.”
12:30 - 2:00 PM - Lunch
2:00 - 5:00 PM - Theme 2: Heritage and Economy
Oman charted a course towards modernization that makes it hightly distinct from other Gulf States. Promotion of heritage, preservation of historical and environmental sites, and a deepening of Oman’s “frontiers of history” through archaeology, has been a focus of the Omani Renaissance. History and heritage is also a symbol of national identity, celebrated on official stamps and currency. Modernization of the Omani economy and urban spaces has also often pursued in a way that balances preservation and development.
- Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, “Prehistoric Interactions between Oman and the Indus Civilization: Projecting the Past in the Present.”
- Krista Lewis, “Frankincense in Oman - From Ancient Trade to Modern Symbol.”
- Michael Harrower, “Archaeology and Cultural Heritage in Oman.”
- Victoria Penzier-Hightower and James Worrall, “The Multiple Legacies of Sultan Qaboos: Heritage and Omani Nation Building.”
Discussion of Heritage
15 Minute Break
- Maria F. Curtis, “Greening Oman: Muslim Environmentalism, Sustainable Development, and Post Oil Futures.”
- Calvin H. Allen, “The Postage Stamps of Oman during the Reign of Sultan Qaboos: Stamps as Messengers of the Renaissance.”
- Jim Krane, “Qaboos and the Resource Curse: How Much Credit to the Sultan for Oman’s Oil-Derived Development?”
- Jeffrey Kinnier, “Duqm and Salalah: Oman’s Ports and Special Economic Zones.”
- Javier Guirado Alonso, “'Muscat and Sultan Qaboos: The Omanization of Muscat and the Muscatization of Oman.”
Discussion of Economic and Urban Development
6:30 - 8:30 PM - Formal Dinner
9:00 AM - Breakfast Available
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Theme 3: Culture, Health and Diplomacy
The Omani Renaissance not only improved the GDP of the country, it also improved quality of life through healthcare and education. Also, the modern period saw a burst in literary and cultural activity among Omanis. Finally, the relative stability of Oman allowed the Sultan to deploy “quiet diplomacy” and peacekeeping in the wider region.
- Barbara Michalak-Pikulska, “Development of Cultural and Literary life in Oman during the reign of Sultan Qaboos.”
- Sean Foley, “ ‘We Ask Allah to ward off every plague’: Public Health, Ibadism, and the Omani Renaissance.”
- Jody Pritt, “Beyond the horizon and back: narrative reflection from Sultan Qaboos scholarship recipients.”
Discussion of Culture, Education and Health
15 Minute Break
- Francis Owtram, “ ‘Friend to All, Enemy to None’: Oman's Quiet Diplomacy since 1970.”
- Juan Cole, “Oman and the Middle East Crisis (2014-2020).”
Discussion of Omani Diplomacy
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM - Status of Publication
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Lunch and Closing Remarks
Oman today is not the Oman of yesterday...It has shaken off the dust of isolation and stagnation, opened its doors and windows to the light and declared to the world that it is ready to communicate directly with it, interact with the changes taking place in it and allow itself to be affected and influenced by them."- Sultan Qaboos 1975
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- Three restaurants on site: Sway, downtown’s signature Southern destination, Polaris, a famous rotating rooftop restaurant and lounge, Twenty-Two Storys, the lobby Gastropub with 17 TVs, or Market, a 24-hour Starbucks and quick meal stop for guests on the go.
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Title: Sultan Qaboos and Modern Oman 1970-2020
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication: Early 2022
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