This is a fascinating book, investigating relatively new ground by linking a nation's culture to its diplomacy. This broadens its audience to readers beyond those simply interested in Oman.
In this timely New York Times op-ed, Nicholas Krisof suggests that education is one of the best bulwarks against extremism in the Arab world.
Much has been made of the new diplomatic role of Turkey in the Middle East. However, the recent release of American Sarah Shourd from Evin prison in Iran – brokered by the Sultanate of Oman – has highlighted the unobtrusive diplomatic prowess of Muscat.
Marc Valeri received his doctorate from Sciences-Po Paris in 2005 and has held positions at the European University Institute of Florence (Italy) and the University of La Rochelle (France); he is now a research fellow at the University of Exeter.