British Travel-Writing on Oman: Orientalism Reappraised

Introduced by Susan Bassnett

by Hilal Said Al-Hajri (Author)
©2006 Monographs 317 Pages


This book focuses on the images of Oman in British travel writing from 1800 to 1970. In texts that vary from travel accounts to sailors’ memoirs, complete travelogues, autobiographies, and letters, it looks at British representations of Oman as a place, people, and culture. The study discusses the current Orientalist debate suggesting alternatives to the dilemma of Orientalism. It also outlines the historical Omani-British relations, and examines the travel accounts written by several British merchants and sailors who stopped in Muscat and other Omani coastal cities in the nineteenth century. Another focus is with the works of travellers who penetrated the Interior of Oman such as James Wellsted and Samuel Miles, and the travellers who explored the southern Oman and the Empty Quarter. Finally the book looks at the last generation of British travellers who were in Oman from 1950 to 1970 employed either by oil companies or the Sultan Said bin Taimur. The gap of knowledge that this book undertakes to fill is that most of the texts under discussion have not been studied in any context.


ISBN (Softcover)
Oman Reisebericht Briten Folklore Ethnology Cultural Studies History Language Literature Geschichte
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2006. 317 pp.

Biographical notes

Hilal Said Al-Hajri (Author)

The Author: Hilal al-Hajri is an Omani poet and academic. He has published poems and articles in various Arabic Journals. He got his Ph.D. at the University of Warwick in 2004, on «Oman Through British Eyes», which forms the basis of this book. Currently, he is Assistant Professor on comparative literature, in the Department of Arabic, at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman.


Title: British Travel-Writing on Oman: Orientalism Reappraised