The Sultanate of Oman is a land of oases, deserts, rolling sands, shifting dunes and mountains upon which ancient cities have been carved from stone A land that boasts the Queen of Sheba, Sinbad the sailor and the Lost City of Ubar buried for Millenia under the Arabian Sands A country that was heralded for its wealth in Frankincense and from here the ancient Frankincense trail began Oman is a country where the Bedouin still wander the deserts as they have since time immemorial A mystical land where eagles soar over the mountain that is home to the Prophet Job, a prophet in Judaism, Christianity and Islam In the mountains nearby live an ancient people whose language predates Aramaic The age of the language remains a mystery It is a spoken language with no written form In these mountains one finds caves decorated with pre historic art Mines and distinctive cone like tombs dating from the Bronze Age feature all over the country It is a country that has tales of wizardry, magic, jinns,exorcisms and stronge pagan superstitions still abound Embark on a magical and mystical Arabian Odyssey to the ancient land of Oman...
|Title||:||Oman, Under Arabian Skies|
|Publisher||:||Vanguard Press March 31, 2010|
|Number of Pages||:||211 pages|
|File Size||:||866 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Oman, Under Arabian Skies Reviews
This is a region that I know so little about and the writer brings it alive. His journey through this strange and compelling land is an eye-opener. From the customs of the people whom he got to know intimately, and the landscape itself, one learns so much about what makes Oman what it is. IN a time of turmoil in the Middle East it is a refreshing story of hope.
For someone who spent 10 years in Oman, this is a very thin book. As a memoir to share with family and friends, it is of interest, but the author had a great opportunity to write an anthropological study of the bedouin of Oman from first hand observation. He spent so much time with them, but there are so few details on their language,their way of life in the desert, in modern day Oman and speculation on the future of these tribal people. It is more a series of anecdotes. He mentions Alfred Thesiger's Arabian Sands with reverance. Wished that he had studied Thesiger in more detail. Now that is a story. I did not learn one new fact about the bedu from this book. Perhaps I might have if he had elucidated on the last sentence of the chapter Wedding, page 121, "Subsequent to the wedding, I did not see Juma for a few years. Both he and I knew the reasons why." For the life of me, I cannot figure out what he was talking about. Would love to know, but would not buy a sequal if it were to be published.
I couldn't put this book down. I knew very little about Oman when I decided to read Arabian Skies. Now I've added a trip to Oman to my bucket list. I only wish Rory would write more books! Highly recommended.
I enjoyed this personal account of a land I had barely heard of. The chance to see it through the eyes of someone from a similar culture made it relative and easier to comprehend.
Enjoyed reading it.
An excellent book about a very fascinating travellers tales. This book is really well written, informative and interesting account of cultural facts about Oman. I thorougly enjoyed all the stories specially the one about the prophet Job. A great book from start to finish. The best holiday guide book you will ever read because it is so different and unique. I highly recommned this book.
The author's begining and end show entwined themes in the book which is a combination of visitor's travel book and personal exploration. He states that for an Omani his village is the most beautiful in Oman - the sense of communal belonging is a strong driver of the Omani psyche. Then at the end , where he has just visited the grave of a close Omani friend he realizes that although one journey has finished another one is about to start. His own personal odyssey in the land which he so evidently loves is one theme of the book, detailing his desert visits with his bedouin friends, and the natural beauty of the topography which he meshes with the history of the locale to bring out the essence of modern and ancient Oman. There are travels and travails in the book - the author's own mystical experiences are revealed along with this unique odyssey, expressed with wry good humour and keen observation. Read it for an authentic personalised guide to the attractions of Oman and its hospitable people
This book is an open and intimate view of life in a very foreign land. Here is a man who has taken a totally different path to the many Europeans expats across the world. As opposed to the usual route of staying with the rest and enjoying the fruits of life as a foreigner Rory chose to immerse himself in the life of the local community living in villages around the bases he worked on. As a result these stories are of life as lived in an Omani community which is a rare thing for any westerner to have experienced.