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Dhofar: Religion, Rebellion, and Reconstruction

By Martin W. Lewis | July 7, 2015 | 4 Comments

As mentioned in the previous post, Oman’s Dhofar region is highly distinctive in terms of both language and climate. It is also differentiated from the rest of Oman in regard to religion. Most Omanis follow Ibadi Islam, a branch that is said to predate the Sunni/Shia split, whereas most Dhofaris are Sunni Muslims. Dhofar also has a distinctive political history, …

Unrest in M’zab Oasis, Algeria

By Martin W. Lewis | March 4, 2011 |

A March 3 Forbes article advises readers not to “fret lost Libyan oil” but to “worry plenty about Algeria.” For a quarter of a century, Algeria has been the least stable country in North Africa; a civil war from 1991 to 2002, pitting the government against radical Islamists, took 150,000 lives. Tensions still

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