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Transforming Muscat: The Cultural Consequences Of Urban Development

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This chapter is not primarily a treatise on urban development, even though it does attempt to provide some enlightenment on the urban development of the Muscat capital area since 1970. Nor is it intended to provide a detailed chronological narrative of Muscat's history. Two primary purposes lay at the heart of the chapter. The first is to define and explain the historical environment that determined the significance and design of Muscat, Matrah, and environs prior to 1970. The second is to explain: (a) how the development of the conurbation since 1970 has transcended the historical boundaries and considerations of the existing settlements, (b) how the process of development has proceeded largely without any consideration of the impact on Muscat's tangible or remembered history, and (c) how much of the tangible historical legacy of Muscat has been gratuitously destroyed and much of the remainder trivialized and bowdlerized.

Keywords: Matrah; Muscat's history; urban development



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