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"Oman" "Under Arabian Skies" [Kindle Edition]

Rory Patrick Allen , Eamonn Allen

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The Sultanate of Oman is a land of oases,deserts, rolling sands, shifting dunes and mountains upon which ancient cities have been carved from stone. A land that boasts the Queen of Sheba, Sindbad the Sailor and The Lost City of Ubar buried for millennia under the Arabian Sands. A country that was heralded for its wealth in frankincense and it is from here that ancient frankincense caravans began carrying their precious cargoes to the classical world. Oman is a country where the Bedouin still wander the deserts as they have since time immemorial. A mystical land where eagles soar over the mountain that is home ot the prophet Job, a prophet in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

In the mountains nearby live an ancient people whose language predates Aramaic. The age of the language remains a mystery. It is a spoken language with no written form. In these mountains one finds caves that are decorated with prehistoric art. Mines and distinctive cone like tombs dating from the Bronze age feature all over the country. It is a land that has tales of wizardry, magic, jinns and exorcisms. Embark on a magical and mystical Arabian Odyssey with one man and his traveller's tales through this land that time has all but forgot.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 986 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Publisher: St. Albans Publishing House; Four edition (May 1 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZT4BQS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystical Oman July 1 2010
By Lee Lloyd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The author's begining and end show entwined themes in the book which is a combination of visitor's travel book and personal exploration. He states that for an Omani his village is the most beautiful in Oman - the sense of communal belonging is a strong driver of the Omani psyche. Then at the end , where he has just visited the grave of a close Omani friend he realizes that although one journey has finished another one is about to start. His own personal odyssey in the land which he so evidently loves is one theme of the book, detailing his desert visits with his bedouin friends, and the natural beauty of the topography which he meshes with the history of the locale to bring out the essence of modern and ancient Oman. There are travels and travails in the book - the author's own mystical experiences are revealed along with this unique odyssey, expressed with wry good humour and keen observation. Read it for an authentic personalised guide to the attractions of Oman and its hospitable people
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Answers are Not Here Aug. 30 2011
By Fan of Middle East Thrillers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For someone who spent 10 years in Oman, this is a very thin book. As a memoir to share with family and friends, it is of interest, but the author had a great opportunity to write an anthropological study of the bedouin of Oman from first hand observation. He spent so much time with them, but there are so few details on their language,their way of life in the desert, in modern day Oman and speculation on the future of these tribal people. It is more a series of anecdotes. He mentions Alfred Thesiger's Arabian Sands with reverance. Wished that he had studied Thesiger in more detail. Now that is a story. I did not learn one new fact about the bedu from this book. Perhaps I might have if he had elucidated on the last sentence of the chapter Wedding, page 121, "Subsequent to the wedding, I did not see Juma for a few years. Both he and I knew the reasons why." For the life of me, I cannot figure out what he was talking about. Would love to know, but would not buy a sequal if it were to be published.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and confusing Nov. 5 2012
By David Turner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I found this book compelling, yet confusing. The
Bedu society does indeed sound ancient, attractive yet primitive at the same time. I want to go see, and I don't. I am not sure whether this book is a positive advert for Oman or not. Confused is the word!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oman Through Western Eyes Dec 26 2012
By Princess Fiona - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is an open and intimate view of life in a very foreign land. Here is a man who has taken a totally different path to the many Europeans expats across the world. As opposed to the usual route of staying with the rest and enjoying the fruits of life as a foreigner Rory chose to immerse himself in the life of the local community living in villages around the bases he worked on. As a result these stories are of life as lived in an Omani community which is a rare thing for any westerner to have experienced.
This is not your average travelogue as few westerners will ever be privileged enough to see the life that Rory has led. I'm sure this book has only scratched the surface of Rory's experiences in Oman and that there are many more stories yet to be told.
I greatly enjoyed this readable book, like having a conversation with a good friend who cares passionately about the country and its people.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK WILL WOW YOU Aug. 3 2014
By Cathy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
An excellent book about a very fascinating travellers tales. This book is really well written, informative and interesting account of cultural facts about Oman. I thorougly enjoyed all the stories specially the one about the prophet Job. A great book from start to finish. The best holiday guide book you will ever read because it is so different and unique. I highly recommned this book.

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