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In Oman, the Qaboos comes before the train.

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Submitted by Michael S, Mar 19, 2017 at 10:35

In Oman, the Qaboos comes before the train.

"The Kharijites first appeared under the reign of the third caliph, Uthman, from 644-656, when they rebelled against the leaders of the Quraysh tribe that controlled both the government and its financial resources. The group called for equality and to end the separation between ruler and parish. They believed that anyone had the right to lead the caliphate, even slaves. They led several revolutions against the rulers, even using violence against women and children to achieve their means.

"Most of the Kharijite communities have died out, except for the Ibadis in Oman and certain regions in North Africa, notably in Algeria. These groups were moderate Kharijites who were not known to use violence or start riots."

-- https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/01/09/who-are-the-kharijites-and-what-do-they-have-to-do-with-isis

I guess that when the leader doesn't consider himself as some semi-divine figure, and just one of "anyone, even slaves", there's hope of humility.

From the same source,

"The Kharijites first appeared under the reign of the third caliph, Uthman, from 644-656, when they rebelled against the leaders of the Quraysh tribe that controlled both the government and its financial resources." Also,

"The Quraysh staunchly opposed Muhammad until converting to Islam en masse in 630 CE. Afterward, leadership of the Muslim community traditionally passed to a member of the Quraysh.

-- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quraysh

That would be "blue blood" system, which has a downside.


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In Oman, the Qaboos comes before the train. [228 words]Michael SMar 19, 2017 10:35237730
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Oman is still a Muslim state [107 words]
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Good Article [13 words]Atheist JayMar 16, 2017 07:40237612
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