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Title: Saiyid Sa'id bin Sultan Al Bu Sa'idi of Oman (1791-1856) and his Relationships with Europe
Author(s): NICOLINI, Beatrice
Journal: ARAM Periodical
Volume: 11 Date: 1999-2000
During the first half of the 19th century Saiyid Sa'id bin Sultan Al Bu Sa'idi, a revolutionary merchant-prince of Zanzibar, created in the western Indian Ocean a great and powerful merchantile empire. The aim of the article is to investigate, through a brief examination of the relationships between Saiyid Sa'id bin Sultan Al Bu Sa'idi and Europe, whether he really was a revolutionary merchant-prince or if he was simply a pawn within the framework of European rivalries in the Oriental seas. The image of Saiyid Sa'id bin Sultan Al Bu Sa'idi, that results from this investigation, brings about a revision of the role effectively played by this Arab prince in his relationships with European powers.