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Water and Tribal Settlement in South-east Arabia

Study of the Aflaj of Oman. Research Studies in Geography

By (author) John Craven Wilkinson
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom
Published: 20th Oct 1977
Dimensions: w 190mm h 220mm
Weight: 697g
ISBN-10: 0198232179
ISBN-13: 9780198232179
Barcode No: 9780198232179
This book is a study of the traditional relationships that exist in Oman between land and social organization, and how they have evolved. The author concentrates on the theme of aridity and, using the extensive literature of the 1200 year Olf Ibadi community to supplement his field work, shows how the techniques of water exploitation have influenced the country's social organization and its political ideology. The author shows how close the links are between Islamic ideology, land use and social organization. The book is valuable as a contribution to the human geography of Oman as well as to general knowledge of the Middle East. Readership: Arabists; Islamic historians; social anthropologists; hydrologists.

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