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ʿUmān
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iii. Social structure.

ʿUmān is overwhelmingly an Arab, Muslim society, and tribal organisation remains an important element in national identity. The country’s rapid development since 1970 has introduced a measure of physical and social mobility, as well as creating an influx of emigrants.

The migration of Arab tribes into ʿUmān predates Islam, with Kahtānī or South Arabian tribes moving along the southern Arabian Peninsula from Yemen into ʿUman around the 2nd century A.D. They were followed several centuries later by ʿAdnānī or North Arabian tribes …

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Bosworth, C.E., “ʿUmān”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 27 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_1464>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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