Tamimahs

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TAMIMAHS

Paramount shaykhs of larger Omani tribal groupings.

Tamimahs are selected from an elite family within the tribe, and their main functions are to resolve disputes and provide a focus of leadership among lineages within the tribe. The title implies complete or total authority to the extent that the bearer has the power to impose the death penalty on a tribes-man, although this is rarely the case at the tribal level in Oman.

calvin h. allen, jr.

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