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Thomas Bierschenk Papers

Identifier: GTM-170525

Scope and Contents

Printed materials and typed reports regarding the history, economy, and society of Oman collected by Thomas Bierschenk over the course of his research on Oman.


  • 1946 - 1979
  • Majority of material found within 1970 - 1979


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Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical Note

Thomas Bierschenk is a former professor of Anthropology and Modern African Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. He began working at Gutenberg University in 1997. He retired from that particular institution in 2019. In 1977, Bierschenk received a degree in history and social sciences from the University of Bielefeld. In 1983, he earned a doctorate in sociology from Bielefeld. He subsequently continued his studies at various universities. Bierschenk has conducted research on the nation of Oman, particularly its oil production and economy. Bierschenk taught at a number of universities. Among his other academic posts, he taught at Georgetown University in the 1990s.

He has published the following books: "Weltmarkt: Stammesgesellschaft: Insudostarabien (Sultanat Oman)" (1984), "Islam in Africa" (2003), and "States at Work: Dynamics of African Bureaucracies" (2014).

[Sources: (1) Johannes Gutenberg University at Mainz: (2) Georgetown University "Hoya Search."].


0.6 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)

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The documents are arranged alphabetically by the surname of the author.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Thomas Bierschenk, 2017.

Related Materials

Booth houses the James H. Critchfield Papers, which document the consulting firm Tetra Tech's work in developing the oil, water, and mineral resources in Oman. Booth also preserves many collections related to Saudi Arabia, the neighbor of Oman.

Processing Information

The collection was rehoused into acid-free boxes and folders.

Thomas Bierschenk Papers
Scott S. Taylor
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057