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Religion in a Landscape of Change: The role of Ibadi-Islam in the Contemporary Omani Society

Lozovan, Corina LU (2018) MOSM03 20181
Centre for Middle Eastern Studies
Abstract
This thesis focuses on understanding the role of Ibadi-Islam in the contemporary Omani society, by looking at how Ibadi traditions are present in the daily lives of young Omanis. Furthermore, it also examines the role of the religious authorities and the government in portraying the Ibadi traditions. The construction of modern-state Oman that began with Sultan Qaboos in 1970 changed the role of religious authorities in the society. Subsequent discourses on religion were aligned with the sultan’s vision in developing the country without mentioning the past. The fieldwork for this research provided data for analysis with insights on how the Ibadi youth conceptualizes Ibadi-Islam. The various Ibadi traditions are daily selected, reinterpreted... (More)
This thesis focuses on understanding the role of Ibadi-Islam in the contemporary Omani society, by looking at how Ibadi traditions are present in the daily lives of young Omanis. Furthermore, it also examines the role of the religious authorities and the government in portraying the Ibadi traditions. The construction of modern-state Oman that began with Sultan Qaboos in 1970 changed the role of religious authorities in the society. Subsequent discourses on religion were aligned with the sultan’s vision in developing the country without mentioning the past. The fieldwork for this research provided data for analysis with insights on how the Ibadi youth conceptualizes Ibadi-Islam. The various Ibadi traditions are daily selected, reinterpreted and reproduced by them, the political and the religious elite. In official public discourses, Ibadi-Islam is absent, there is not explicit reference but there are implicit values and principles, which guide the Omani identity. (Less)
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author
Lozovan, Corina LU
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course
MOSM03 20181
year
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Ibadi-Islam, Oman, youth, everyday religion, Mufti
language
English
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8955351
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2018-09-07 13:36:32
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  abstract     = {This thesis focuses on understanding the role of Ibadi-Islam in the contemporary Omani society, by looking at how Ibadi traditions are present in the daily lives of young Omanis. Furthermore, it also examines the role of the religious authorities and the government in portraying the Ibadi traditions. The construction of modern-state Oman that began with Sultan Qaboos in 1970 changed the role of religious authorities in the society. Subsequent discourses on religion were aligned with the sultan’s vision in developing the country without mentioning the past. The fieldwork for this research provided data for analysis with insights on how the Ibadi youth conceptualizes Ibadi-Islam. The various Ibadi traditions are daily selected, reinterpreted and reproduced by them, the political and the religious elite. In official public discourses, Ibadi-Islam is absent, there is not explicit reference but there are implicit values and principles, which guide the Omani identity.},
  author       = {Lozovan, Corina},
  keyword      = {Ibadi-Islam,Oman,youth,everyday religion,Mufti},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Religion in a Landscape of Change: The role of Ibadi-Islam in the Contemporary Omani Society},
  year         = {2018},
}