Date Thesis Awarded
Honors Thesis -- Open Access
Bachelors of Arts (BA)
Salih Can Aciksoz
Anne K. Rasmussen
Place, or the physical environment, offers a valuable lens for examining how public and private voices in Oman have constructed conceptions of national identity in the decades following the 1970 "Renaissance." To unify fragmented and beleaguered people groups within the nation-state established in 1970, government and many private narratives have looked to Oman's physical environment -- in particular, its location, natural environments, and defensive architecture -- in imagining its collective identity and distinctiveness. First, located on multiple edges and therefore at a meeting point, narratives highlight Oman's location at the crossing of historic trade and exchange routes. Second, many narratives emphasize the variety within Oman's natural environment as a feature that is unique in the region and reflects the culture and diversity of the population. Finally, the Omani government is creating a recognizable urban identity using defensive motifs that reference Oman's role as a crossroads as well as its natural environment. An examination of these three appropriations of place reveals that the construction of Omani national narratives is complex and far from seamless as public and private voices attempt to negotiate conflicting historical memories.
Nutz, Gretchen, "Think Place: Geographies of National Identity in Oman" (2013). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 588.
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