The Omani Diaspora in Eastern Africa

M. Cuneyt Yenigun, Yasir AlRahbi

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Abstract

Diasporas play an important role in international relations by connecting homeland and host country. Diasporas can act as a bridge between the sending states and the receiving states in promoting peace and security, and in facilitating economic cooperation between the two sides. Omani people started to settle into Eastern Africa 1300 years ago. It intensified dramatically and reached its peak during the Golden Age of Oman. After Oman lost power and territories in the last century, the natural Omani Diaspora emerged in five different African countries. Perhaps there are millions of Omanis in the region, but the data is not well known. This study concentrates historical background of the Omani Diaspora and today’s Omani Diaspora situation in the region. To understand their current situation in the region, a visit plan was projected and 4 countries and 17 cities were visited, 155 families’ representatives were interviewed with 13 interview questions. In this study, the Omani Diaspora’s tendencies, cultural developments, family relations, home country (Oman) relations, economic situation, political participation, and civil organisational capabilities have been explored. If they establish a diaspora confederation in the region, it could be a bridge and a contributive actor between Oman and Eastern African countries today.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-227
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change
Volume15
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - May 2021

Keywords

  • Diaspora, Diaspora in Africa, Omani Diaspora, Multiculturism, Cultural Studies, Omani Culture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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