In the Time of Oil Piety, Memory, and Social Life in an Omani Town

ISBN-10: 0804756279

ISBN-13: 9780804756273

Edition: 2010

Authors: Mandana Limbert

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Before the discovery of oil in the late 1960s, Oman was one of the poorest countries in the world, with only six kilometers of paved roads and one hospital. By the late 1970s, all that had changed as Oman used its new oil wealth to build a modern infrastructure.In the Time of Oildescribes how people in Bahla, an oasis town in the interior of Oman, experienced this dramatic transformation following the discovery of oil, and how they now grapple with the prospect of this resource's future depletion. Focusing on shifting structures of governance and new forms of sociality as well as on the changes brought by mass schooling, piped water, and the fracturing of close ties with East Africa, Mandana Limbert shows how personal memories and local histories produce divergent notions about proper social conduct, piety, and gendered religiosity. With close attention to the subtleties of everyday life and the details of archival documents, poetry, and local histories, Limbert provides a rich historical ethnography of oil development, piety, and social life on the Arabian Peninsula.
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List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 6/7/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Notes on Names and Transliteration
In the Dreamtime of Oil: Wealth and Development in an Anomalous Time
Now, the Police Only Drive: Remembering Rule and Disorder in Bahla
In the Eye of the Neighbor, There is Fire: Hazards and Histories of Sociality
Circles of Knowledge: Religious Learning, Pious Pasts, and Alternative Sociality
Senses of Water: Nostalgia, Private Ownership, and Bodily Privacy
Becoming Bahlawi: Race, Genealogy, and the Politics of Arabness
Perhaps He Has a Son: Succession, Depletion, and the Uncertain Future
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