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Oman (in english)

Oman (in english)

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ISSUE 07
SUMMER 2011
MAGAZINE
Sultanate of Oman
Special Issue
The forts and castlesof Oman
10
Defending thefrankincense trade
18
The
khanjar 
-symbol of Oman
53
 
ICOMAM – the International Committee of Museums ofArms and Military History - is an International Committee ofICOM – the International Council of Museums.It provides a forum for museums worldwide:To encourage scientific research about arms andarmour and military collections, both in specialised andgeneral museums and in military collections.To stimulate a proper, professional standard of collectioncare, management, conservation and use in line withinternationally recognised good practice and ICOMguidelines.To promote the highest standards in display andinterpretation.To encourage networking and partnerships betweenmuseums and research the world over.ICOMAM achieves its goal by holding triennialcongresses and intermediate symposia on relevant topics.ICOMAM has over 260 members, representing museumsin more than 50 countries world-wide, including suchfamous institutions as the Royal Armouries of Leeds, theFrench Musée de l'Armée, the Metropolitan Museum of Art,The Musée de l'Armée et d'Histoire Militaire in Brussels, theHofjagd- und Rüstkammer of Vienna, the Real Armeria ofMadrid, the Topkapi Sarayi Museum in Istanbul.Membership has increased over the past ten years includinga larger share of museums outside of Europe and America.Also some so-called Battlefield Museums are members ofthis international contact group.ICOMAM is directed by an International ruling bodycalled the Executive Board. The ICOMAM approach to theconservation and study of relevant artefacts is scientific,dispassionate, objective and humanistic. It aims to assessthe importance of weaponry in world history as a majorsociological phenomenon touching on all the aspects ofpolitics, economics and social behaviour including itsartistic spin-offs and its relationship with our culturalheritage and its interpretation in the world today.http://www.klm-mra.be/icomam/
Hawthorne CottageMoorfield RoadLEEDSLS12 3SEUKsmithbrown@basiliscoe.fsnet.co.uk
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Published byin association with ICOMAM
ICOM is the international organisation of museums andmuseum professionals which is committed to theconservation, continuation and communication to society ofthe world's natural and cultural heritage, present andfuture, tangible and intangible.http://icom.museum/
 
SPECIAL ISSUE
MAGAZINE
3
Welcome to this special editionof MAGAZINE – the newsletterof ICOMAM, the InternationalCommittee of Museums of Armsand Military History, publishedto inform members of itsactivities and publicize theseto the wider world.Robert Douglas SmithRuth Rhynas Brown
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DITORS
Contents
184073
04Preface06Introduction10Forts and castles of Oman18Defending the frankincense trade
18Land of Frankincense- UNESCO Sites19Al-Baleed20Sumhuram/Khor Rori
22The
falaj 
system – water for life24Nizwa Fort28Jabreen Castle32Oman’s maritime heritage34The Portuguese legacy40Castles of Al Batinah
40Nakhal Fort43Barka Castle45An Nu’man Castle
47Castles of Dhofar: Still a livingtradition
47Taqah Castle49Mirbat Castle50Sadah Castle
53The
khanjar 
– the symbol of theSultanate of Oman57The date palm as a weapon of war59Slings and sling-making61Bait Al Zubair Museum65The Sultan’s Armed ForcesMuseum at Bait Al Falaj69Historic firearms of Oman73The Martini Henry rifle78Bayt ar Ridayah81Al Hazm Castle and its artillerycollection86Historic artillery in Oman89Swords, shields and ceremony
89Swords90Shields91Ceremony
93Omani crafts and craftsmen97Acknowledgements

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