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PUBLIC LECTURE - Sultans, Sails and Steam: Rethinking Oman's Maritime Empire

Thursday, September 21, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Sultans, Sails and Steam:
Rethinking Oman's Maritime Empire
a public lecture by
Dr. Allen Fromherz
Professor of Middle Eastern, Gulf and Mediterranean History,
Georgia State University
Thursday, 21 September 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center
1100 16th NW Washington, D.C. 20036
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
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Histories of the so-called "Rise of the West" and the expansion of European empires focus on the establishment of European trading empires in the rich and profitable waters of the Indian Ocean. While it is true that the Portuguese, Dutch, English and French each profited from expansion in the region, Oman, a maritime power from the southern Arabian Peninsula, was able to rival the Europeans. Oman under the leadership of the Ya'rubi Sultans and Sayyid Said bin Sultan quickly adopted and adapted Western sailing technology to establish itself as a formidable power in the Western Indian Ocean. He also used nimble diplomacy to balance the interests of the French, English and, increasingly, the rising power of the USA. In addition to challenging assumptions about the "Great Divergence" and the "Long 19th Century", this presentation will examine Omani navigation and sailing techniques and Sayyid Said's attempt to adopt new steam shipping technology.
Speaker's Biography
Dr. Allen Fromherz is the director of the Middle East Studies Center at Georgia State University and is the President of the American Institute For Maghrib Studies (AIMS) . His research focuses on Mediterranean and the Gulf. His first two books, The Almohads: the Rise of an Islamic Empire (IB Tauris) and Ibn Khaldun, Life and Times (Edinburgh University Press) examine rapid change in lineage-based societies, especially the rise of the Almohads in the 12th Century. A former SQCC research fellow, Dr. Fromherz's monograph, From Muscat to Zanzibar: Sayyid Said bin Sultan's Cosmopolitan Empire was published in 2016.
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