The architecture of Oman


The architecture of Oman

Salma Samar Damluji

Garnet, 1998

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This text records and examines in detail both the modern and vernacular architecture of the Sultanate of Oman. For many centuries, because of its strategic position on the trade routes for frankincense, myrrh and other goods, Oman's architecture has been subject to the influx of a variety of styles and influences - Indian, East African, Portuguese and British. Yet despite these influences, shared with neighbouring countries, Oman's architectural style remains distinct from the rest of the Arabian peninsula. The Sultanate's landscapes are striking in their contrasts - from the powerful, primary blues and greens of the country's lush oases and the Indian Ocean that laps at its shores, to its arid deserts and rugged mountains. There is a primordial quality in the art of its architecture, imbuing it with a spirit of minimalism and austerity, qualities which have defined the extent and form of architectural construction and urban growth, from the smallest vernacular towns of the interior and coastal regions, to the impressive modern buildings of the Sultanate's capital, Muscat. To date, little of this rich and varied architecture has been documented. With a combination of her own original research based on extensive fieldwork and surveys, and previously unpublished drawings, plans, illustrations and surveys from architects working in Oman, coupled with first-hand accounts from local master builders, Dr Damluji has succeeded in compiling as definitive work on the architecture of the Sultanate. By investigating traditional and modern building processes, urban planning and design concepts, and with thorough contributions from other specialists, Dr Damluji analyses, from an architectural viewpoint, the extent of Oman's success compared with many other developing countries in maintaining its rich cultural heritage in the face of the demands necessitated by a rapidly changing urban landscape.


  • Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales
  • Preface by HE Yahya bin Mahfoudh al Mantheri, Minister of Higher Education and Chairman, Sultan Qaboos University Council, Oman
  • Preface by Professor Christopher Frayling, Rector and Vice-Provost, Royal College of Art
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Traditional Architecture and Settlement Patterns
  • Regional Styles and Building Traditions
  • The Climatic Influence on Regional Architecture - Farokh Afshar, Allan Cain and John Norton
  • Aflaj: Architecture in the Landscape - James Parry
  • Chapter 2: Muscat: Traditional City and Greater Capital
  • Town Planning in the 1970s
  • Modern Muscat
  • Old Muscat and Its Fortifications - Enrico d'Errico
  • Vernacular Architecture
  • Chapter 3: Al Batinah Coast, Musandam and al Jabal al Akhdar
  • Chapter 4: The Towns of al Dakhiliyyah and al Zahirah
  • Chapter 5: The Architecture of al Sharqiyyah
  • Chapter 6: The Architecture of Southern Dhofar. Notes
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Acknowledgements
  • Illustration Credits
  • Index.

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  • ISBN
    • 1859640834
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  • ページ数/冊数
    ix, 499 p.
  • 大きさ
    32 cm