OMAN Stamps and Postal History

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The concept of this Website is to create a forum, an interactive cyber museum, where the postal history of the territory is compiled for the benefit of collectors globally. The Website focuses on stamps, covers, aerogrammes, philatelic items, registration labels, cancellation marks, postage due cachets and other postal markings presented in a user friendly manner accompanied by high quality images. Stories, philatelic research, statistics, earliest and latest recorded uses and other philatelic and historical information are associated with many of the items presented in the database. Most importantly the Website depends on YOU and your willingness to share your knowledge and collections with others so please take the necessary time to read the Website concept and the User Guide in the menu bar on the left. I look forward to your contribution.

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"Unknown Oman," "Oman: A Separate Place," "Neglected Arabia," 'The Last Corner of Arabia:" these are all descriptions of Oman that have been used to evoke the historical isolation and mystery about the country. Although none of these descriptions any longer apply, the Sultanate of Oman remains a fascinating place that is part of the Muslim and Arab world and combines modern economic and political institutions with its distinctive cultural traditions. These traditions date to the original settlement of the country in ancient times when Magan provided copper to much of the Indian Ocean region and when Dhofar became the main source of frankincense to the markets of Europe. The rise of Islam saw the country transformed as Omanis heeded the call of the Prophet Muhammad to submit to Allah in the 7th century. However, Omani Islam developed within a strong tradition of consultation that resulted in the formation of Ibadhism, a central feature of Omani history thereafter. Omanis also continued their international activities as sailors, copying the great hero Sindbad, set off from Sur, Qalhat, Muscat, Sohar and other coastal towns to far China, India and Africa in search of fame and fortune. Oman's wealth and strategic importance did draw the attention of outsiders, as the people of Oman had to deal with periodic incursions of neighboring Arabs as well as the Portuguese, Persians, and British into their affairs. Throughout much of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was mired in a dark age when it remained closed to the outside world and suffered through economic depression. However, the discovery of oil in 1967 and the coming to power of Sultan Qaboos b. Sa'id Al-Sa'id in 1970 resulted in a renaissance that saw Oman once again became active participant in the world's markets and its people benefit from economic, social, and political development. .