One of the books I bought from this year’s Riyadh Book Fair is “Four important letters exchanged between Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid I and Oman’s Imam Ahmed bin Saeed” by Saudi historian Mohammed al-Zalfa. The book was published by Dar Belad AlArab.
After explaining why he copied these documents from the Ottoman archive, al-Zalfa said: “Oman was powerful during the reign of its powerful ruler Ahmed bin Saeed, who died in 1783. His biggest role was maintaining the Gulf’s Arabism and his strong confrontation of Persian attempts – and they were many – to harm the Gulf’s Arabism.” (Page 9)
Persia was greedy and had its eye on Omani land and water long before Ahmed bin Saeed, the grandfather of the current al-Busaidi family, reigned, as when the Yaruba dynasty ruled, Persia interfered in Oman’s internal affairsMashari Althaydi