Traditional Goat Management in Dhofar and the Omani Desert by Professor Ali Tijani El Mahi arises from a field study which investigated traditional goat management in Dhofar and the Omani desert. This 182 page publication considers goat raising as a key means of survival in an arid environment which , with the passage of time, has caused complex managerial strategies and practices to evolve. The book’s importance stems from the fact that archeological evidence falls short of fully explaining agricultural strategies and methods of ancient societies. On the other hand, traditional management comprises indigenous knowledge that has evolved down the ages. It reveals the adaptation of nomadic pastoralists to the environment, a process which has become an integral part of the cultural heritage of Oman. Moreover, development studies confirm that indigenous knowledge is an essential element in formulating policies and programs. Thus its documentation is a necessity.
The History of Oman during the Nabhani Dynasty by Dr. Abdul Nasser Al Harthi discusses political, economic, and literary life during the Nabhani dynasty which ruled Oman between 1154- 1624. Its 228 pages include five chapters. The first deals with the period before the Nabhanis’ reign, while the second focuses on their origins , their emergence , their wars and kings, their relationship with the Ibadi Imamship and external powers. The third chapter examines aspects of agriculture and the fourth focuses on trade and marine wealth. The fifth chapter deals with the industry and crafts available at that time. This is the first book of its kind which deals with the history of the Nabhani dynasty, which lasted for five centuries, and which also touches on the economic and cultural conditions of that era.
The Rules of Commercial Agency by Abdul Rahman M. Al Nafe addresses the rules of commercial agency in Omani law. With 123 pages , the book consists of two chapters, each including three sections . The first covers the concept and conditions of holding a commercial agency, while the second covers its effects . The book also examines the changes that have occurred over years in the rules governing commercial agency as a result of local ,political, economic and global developments. It also studies overlapping between the rules and functions between of commercial agency and those of the franchise or trade mark. Moreover, the book discusses rules related to the means of settlement of disputes which may arise between parties involved in commercial agency contracts.
Dr. Hassan Al Lawati’s The History of Oman’s Civilization studies the development civilization in Oman between the fourth and fifth centuries HJ. It falls into 245 pages and consists of three chapters. The first deals with social life by way of introduction to Omani tribes and the powers which influence their social norms. The second chapter examines the economy of that era by shedding light on agriculture, trade, industry and crafts. The third chapter studies intellectual life by analyzing the system of education, its goals, locations, values and ceremonies. It also deals with the sciences favored by Omanis at that time, their most prominent scholars and their books. The text also studies Oman›s scholarly ties with Morocco and the general characteristics of Omani intellectual life at that time.
«The Omani ELT Symphony: Maintaining Linguistic and Socio- Cultural Equilibrium» provides a picture of English language teaching practices in Oman from different perspectives and is the first of its type. This 537 page publication consists of four parts. The first part deals with the socio-cultural and linguistic aspects of the ELT profile in Oman. The second part examines the critical factors in teaching and learning English in Oman, while the third is concerned with materials and curriculum design in the Omani ELT context. The fourth part deals with independent and computer assisted language learning. The book includes a glossary of the most important terms on language learning pedagogy and a list of contributors.
The Relationship Between the Omani Poetic Model and Arab Poetic Models in the Past and Present by Dr. Ahmad Al Tarisi is an analytical study of the relationship between Omani poetic models and its Arab counterparts. The 93 page book is divided into five chapters. The first chapter deals with the concept, techniques, and mechanisms of the model. The second examines the salient features of Omani poetry, while the third studies the Omani poetry within the context of the Arab poetic models of imitation. The fourth chapter examines the Omani poetic model within the context of the Arab model of pastiche, while the fifth chapter analyses this within the context of the Arab model of intertextuality. This is the first academic study of this phenomenon. Earlier studies were included within university theses or dissertations.
Oman Trade Law : Commercial Companies includes a comprehensive explanation of the laws pertaining to commercial companies that are stated in the royal decree number 4/1974 and all its amendments. It provides a definition of companies and the conditions of their establishment, their juristic and natural identities and reasons for their dissolution and liquidation. It also surveys the laws and provisions pertaining to the types of companies in Oman, such as the Joint Stock Company, the Limited Partnership company , the Particular Partnership Company, Limited and Unlimited Liability, and Holding Company. It also includes their characteristics, registration, and modes of dissolution. This book is useful for lawyers, business and law students, banks and companies