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Oman is located on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula and spans the mouth of the Persian Gulf. Its location made it an important hub of trade for the maritime networks of the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean. There is no Jewish community in Oman today, but small numbers of Jews lived there until the twentieth century, and were often immigrants from Yemen, Iraq, or India.

Jews actively participated in the India–China trade in Oman, which flourished from the seventh century. Jewish traders, known as Rādhanites, traveled by ship to China to buy spices. They set to sea f…

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Jesse Weinberg, “Oman”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_000860>
First published online: 2022

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