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Monsoon RevolutionRepublicans, Sultans, and Empires in Oman, 1965-1976$
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Abdel Razzaq Takriti

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199674435

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199674435.001.0001

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The Sultan is Deposed, Long Reign the Sultan!

The Sultan is Deposed, Long Reign the Sultan!

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(p.160) 7 The Sultan is Deposed, Long Reign the Sultan!
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Monsoon Revolution
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Abdel Razzaq Takriti

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199674435.003.0008

This chapter offers the first detailed archive-based account of the July 1970 coup in Oman, relying on a range of previously unseen documents. It shows that revolutionary action provided the short term and long term causes behind the coup that removed Sultan Said bin Taimur and enthroned his son Qaboos bin Said. Against the orthodoxy claiming that the 1970 coup was initiated by Qaboos with British support, this chapter shows that it was planned and implemented by the British Foreign Office. The course of events was masked by the myth of the “Qaboos initiated coup” so as to protect British interests and to ensure a greater degree of legitimation for the new regime.

Keywords:   july 1970 Coup in Oman, sultan Qaboos bin Said, national Democratic Front for the Liberation of Oman and the Arab Gulf, che Guevara and the Arab world, Foco theory, popular Revolutionary Movement, opposition movements in the Arab Gulf

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