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I would like to point out that the mosque(Masjid) which Sultan Qaboos built is not the biggest mosque in the world at all as stated, in fact, there are many other masjids around the world which are by far bigger than this masjid. For example, Al Masjid Al Haram in Makkah (Saudi Arabia) is bigger by probably over 100 times! The total capacity of Al Jami'a Al Akbar (Muscat) is 20,000 worshipers, whereas, in Makkah it can take more than 2.5 million worshipers. I do not know how this false information appeared in this website ?? Regards.

16 May 2006Edit

Why did you pull down the section about his Homosexuality. I have good sources and I cited a website. I have many more too. Still in denial or what? --Treeshrub 21:04, 16 May 2006 (UTC)


I added two new subheadings about Qaboos' early life and the coup. I would like to create a more detailed account of Qaboos' reign - in particular the Dhofar conflict and modernization. I would also like a section on his personal life. I need help with this please. -Anon

why don't you write about his hobbies and interests? I hope you find this website helpful


I added a piece about the succession to the thone. Oman appears to use a system of primogeniture. The son inherits from the father. However, Qaboos does not have any children nor any brothers. Therefore, I researched the closest male heir to the throne, his father brothers and their children. I believe this is a reasonable contribution considering that the matter of succession will increasingly become a serious issue for Oman. It is the eldest male child of his fathers younger sibling who stands first in line to the throne and this is what was added. It is not unsourced, I sourced the source (see reference 4) and there is absolutely no need to censor this matter. This is not what wikipedia is about. —Preceding unsigned comment added by James Frankcom (talkcontribs) 23:40, 15 November 2007 (UTC)


I don't want to get into an edit war, but we usually don't put a monarch's official title(s) in the infobox header, only his/her name. I am, however, trying to standardize the use of Arabic-language names for monarchs, so if you think my system is flawed, I'd love to discuss it with you. -- χγʒ͡ʒγʋᾳ (talk) 18:38, 10 April 2008 (UTC)

Inappropriate toneEdit

The section on Qaboos' reign appears to be written for a western audience. Additionally, there are several weasel phrases, specifically those about vague "critics" making even vaguer claims about Qaboos rule and the prospects of democracy in Oman. Such language may be acceptable in the CIA World Factbook, but has no place in an encyclopedia. Additionally, not only are the accented "ā"s and "ū"s completely misplaced and render incorrect pronunciation, they also look incredibly pretentious. I am removing any such instances of accented marks in the article. Thanks AreJay (talk) 23:41, 18 September 2008 (UTC)


This section is completely without citation or verification. It has been without citation or verification for months now. I am thus removing it, feel free to discuss it here. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:30, 10 October 2009 (UTC)

Al Bu Sa‘idi dynastyEdit

The lead says that he is the 14th descendant of the Al Bu Sa‘idi dynasty and the /*Early life*/ section says that he is one of the 8th generation of the Al Bu Sa‘idi dynasty. These staements have been there at least for two years Oct. 2008 to Dec. 2010. They are not necessarily contradictory, but are ambiguous. If the first statement is read as "14th member of the Al Bu Sa‘idi dynasty to be sultan" he can indeed be a member of the 8th generation of the Al Bu Sa‘idi dynasty if six (6) of those 14 sultans were of the same generation as a previous sultan. The use of the word descendant in the first instance seems to be semantically incorrect regardless of interpretation. This ambiguity needs to be resolved. --Bejnar (talk) 15:35, 13 December 2010 (UTC)


This article seems to have been written with an agenda in mind, either to glorify the subject in the eyes of those for whom conspicuous wealth is a status symbol, or to denigrate him in the eyes of those who see things the other way.

Otherwise, why list his palaces? They're not relevant to him personally. He didn't build all of them, and they'd belong to ANYONE who happened to occupy the throne of Oman. Similarly, it lists a number of "superyachts" -- except, it seems that only one of them really falls into that category. One is a military ship assigned to the Royal Yacht Squadron, probably as an escort (not terribly out of line for accompanying a head of state), one is a sailing ship that seems to be a nod to local shipbuilding traditions and not a "superyacht" in any event, one is a tugboat, and one now appears to be a operated by the Tourist Ministry as a charter vessel.

In such a short biography, these tables take up a considerable proportion of the article. I see no reason for them, unless someone's trying to make a point. (talk) 03:33, 17 December 2010 (UTC)

Proposition: "Qaboos bin Said al Said" move to "Qaboos bin Said"Edit

In media and in common, he is more referred in that manner. --Bone1234 (talk) 11:44, 3 March 2011 (UTC)

Move to Personal LifeEdit

Can someone please move the part about his marriage to his cousin to a Personal Life section. His marriage is obv. not part of his 'Early Life'. Thanks15:49, 23 July 2011 (UTC)~Lindsey — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) as a sourceEdit is self-published and not a WP:RS for WP:BLP. See discussion here for details. JanetteDoe (talk) 19:10, 12 September 2012 (UTC)

Broken linksEdit

A few links need citations and some links are broken.Periodically refresh them example - the jawaharlal nehru link. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:54, 10 October 2012 (UTC)

Rise to powerEdit

This sentence is not sourced: "He rose to power after overthrowing his father, Said bin Taimur, in a palace coup in 1970." And that sentence is from the intro. I think there is reason to believe it may not be entirely true. I read a book on the topic, which also clearly stated it was unsourced, it was more a recollection from a witness to the events. Anyway, the book contended that Qaboos rather than 'overthrowing' his father, was merely a passive bystander, and was kept safely locked up in the palace while a British Army Major orchestrated most if not all of the coup. As said, this too is unsourced. But it is just as unsourced as the official overthrowing story. (perhaps the truth lies somewhere in the middle) I think it would be better to state: He rose to power after his father, Said bin Taimur, was removed from power in a palace coup in 1970. At least, until we get some facts. Vince (talk) 07:37, 15 July 2015 (UTC)

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No wonder Wikipedia is considered a joke these daysEdit

"On 22 March 1976, Qaboos bin Said married his first cousin, Kamila".

AND the wikilink to "cousins marriage". Let me explain it to the moron who wrote this. Qaboos's father and his wife's father's OTHER wife were brother and sister. It makes her his cousin by Western family relations standards but they have NO common blood. The same way President of the UAE is both the uncle and the father-in-law to the Sheikh of Dubai. His first wife is the Sheikh's aunt and the Sheikh is married to his daughter with his second wife. This is NOT like British royal family's endless incestual marriages over the past centuries.

The father of his wife Kamila was Sayyid Tariq bin Taimur Al-Sa’id (* 30th June 1921 at Istanbul, Turkey, after the divorce of his parents), who was the son of Faisal ibn Turki Taimur bin Feisal and Kamila Khanum (* 1895 at Istanbul, Turkey). Thus, they are real cousins and share some common blood, because they have a common grandfather: Taimur ibn Faisal. --Hemeier (talk) 10:02, 7 January 2016 (UTC)
@Hemeier: Tariq bin Taimur CANNOT be a son of Faisal. --Yomal Sidoroff-Biarmskii (talk) 22:16, 27 October 2018 (UTC)
@Hemeier: Taimur bin Feisal you meant. In the rest you're right. --Yomal Sidoroff-Biarmskii (talk) 15:19, 24 December 2019 (UTC)
My mistake. You are right.Hemeier (talk) 20:39, 25 December 2019 (UTC)

"His sexuality has long been called into question by Omanis, with the suggestion that he is homosexual."

And the citation to this incredibly loud claim is some yellow-press-style books written by nobodies with zero credibility. One of them actually admits in the citation that he only talked to three Omanis about the matter. I suppose WP:BIO means as much as all other Wikipedia rules, i.e. nothing.

Have you ever noticed how these days any link to Wikipedia is almost always preceded by a "sorry, it's Wikipedia" and almost always followed by "we all know how accurate that can be hahaha"? THIS is why. This article is actually hitting a new low. Congratulations. Le Grand Bleu (talk) 00:30, 6 December 2015 (UTC)

Have you ever noticed that Wikipedia makes no pretense at being a reliable source? That it isn't is spelled out explicitly at WP:CIRCULAR. To call Wikipedia a joke for not being something that it quite plainly says that it isn't is foolish. It is what it is, and no more. —Largo Plazo (talk) 04:12, 6 December 2015 (UTC)
It truly IS what it is - a bunch morons with overinflated egos. Le Grand Bleu (talk) 12:16, 23 December 2015 (UTC)
One might reasonably say such a thing about a person who presumes to make such a harsh generalization of thousands of people he doesn't know. I wouldn't, of course, because of WP:Civility. I advise you to read it if you intend to post further on Wikipedia. —Largo Plazo (talk) 12:23, 23 December 2015 (UTC)
There's one person here with an over inflated ego that's for sure. The claim is sourced. Challenge it on legitimate grounds, not insulting ones. 09:54, 14 January 2016 (UTC)

About the sultan's sexualityEdit

@Pranav21391, Contaldo80, and Le Grand Bleu: The article doesn't say that the sultan is gay. The article says, "His sexuality has long been called into question by Omanis, with the suggestion that he is homosexual." So it doesn't matter whether there are sources, reliable or otherwise, saying that he is gay. It only matters whether there are reliable sources supporting the claim that his sexuality is the subject of discussion, and whether it is sufficiently significant that there would be such discussion for it to be mentioned in the article.

Regarding this last point, Wikipedia doesn't report gossip as gossip. It's probably a matter of opinion whether reporting the existence of such discussion rises above the level of gossip when the discussion is by the subjects of a sultan in a nation where homosexuality is strictly outlawed. —Largo Plazo (talk) 14:41, 17 February 2016 (UTC)

And @Appable:, who also chose to delete multiply sourced content without discussing while, at the same time, urging others to "discuss". —Largo Plazo (talk) 21:20, 23 February 2016 (UTC)
@Largoplazo: I don't think there's a point for Wikipedia to report something regarding this person's sexuality without very strong sources by more than one or two references. Given how many weren't willing to discuss the issue of his sexuality, I would say it's way too unknown, certainly contentious information (even libelous in some Middle Eastern countries, perhaps) and I would consider the claim "long called into question" very poorly sourced by two print sources. Saying "only three Omanis have discussed this subject with me openly" shows that most people either don't feel comfortable expressing their view anyway, and unless there's more to the quote from the other source - "assumption of homosexuality has pursued Sultan Qaboos relentlessly" - it's extremely vague. My main question is - is it relevant to include this kind of speculative, gossip information in an article, regardless of how it's presented? I don't think so. Unless it becomes a significantly more important issue and not just something people might whisper around, there's no point in including that. Appable (talk) 23:24, 23 February 2016 (UTC)
As I have argued previously, Wikipedia requires very good reliable sources for the inclusion of negative material about a living person, and the reporting of rumours in obscurepublications does not reach that level. Martinlc (talk) 22:25, 25 February 2016 (UTC)
It isn't clear to me from your responses (and your subsequent re-removal, Appable, way short of a genuine discussion) that you read my introductory remark and grasped the distinction I made.
Do you understand the difference between reporting (falsely) that Elvis Presley is alive and reporting (truthfully, and with the weight of notability) that there were rumors for years after his death that he was still alive? —Largo Plazo (talk) 01:37, 26 February 2016 (UTC)
@Largoplazo:I removed it again after reading WP:BLPREMOVE which states that contentious materail should be removed before a discussion until consensus is reached when not supported well, and in this case I think a few anecdotal stories and a hand-waving "pursued relentlessly" is not nearly enough, especially when it comes to what amounts to rumors. The policy is there to prevent libel/rumors/false information being spread about people when it could potentially damage their reputation—in this case it very much could. There's a difference in your example because of the widespread rumors of him being alive, but I don't understand why it makes any sense to report what's at best anecdotal stories about the sultan based on no personal knowledge as anything serious or relevant. Little online news mentions his sexuality, and any that does notes that it's obviously a fairly unsubstantiated rumor. Wikipedia should absolutely report on widespread rumors covered by many notable sources. Wikipedia should not report on behind-the-back whisperings and gossip from some people. Appable

(talk) 03:06, 26 February 2016 (UTC)

Being called homosexual 'damages a reputation'? Really? Come in. Contaldo80 (talk) 00:42, 12 March 2016 (UTC)
Yeah, in much of the world, particularly the parts of the world where it's still held as tantamount to being a criminal. I'm gay, so I'm not exactly condoning that perspective, only acknowledging its existence. For me, the issue here is still that we aren't saying he's gay, we're saying there is a noteworthy level of discussion to that effect. —Largo Plazo (talk) 01:03, 12 March 2016 (UTC)

So i restored the sultan's sexuality now that it's corroborated by a reliable, close source--the accusation/suspicion is no longer pure rumour anymore, but more substantial than that. I also find the excuse that we shouldn't report his sexuality, because of its perception in the Middle East, as purely ridiculous: "We shouldn't report his homosexuality because Arabs don't take kindly to such an orientation, and — God forbid! — that could threaten the sultan's throne." Since when was wikipedia in the business of being the image consultant of benign authoritarian rulers? (talk) 09:04, 26 March 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia is in the business of following rules on posting information about living persons. You added just another book as a source. How is that a better source than two other books written by foreigners. Removing it. Le Grand Bleu (talk) 05:27, 15 May 2016 (UTC)
@Largoplazo: if you are saying that someone says that someone is this or that it's called gossip. No matter how many books you cite it still is. And this is (or at least was when I first came) an encyclopedia. So two issues with mentioning it in the article. One, it's an unproven fact about a living person. And two, is that fact even significant enough to include it in the article? The whole idea of including it is to create a "scandal" around a monarch in the Middle East where homosexuality is considered sinful and unacceptable. Maybe we should change the name to WikiDailyMail then? Le Grand Bleu (talk) 05:34, 15 May 2016 (UTC)
We have the articles Barack Obama religion conspiracy theories and Barack Obama citizenship conspiracy theories. Do you feel these articles should be deleted? Do you feel it isn't notable and worthy of mentioning on Wikipedia that many people think Barack Obama is a Muslim or that they think he was born in Kenya? Largoplazo (talk) 11:25, 15 May 2016 (UTC)
Rumors are just rumors, no matter whether they're reported in the National Enquirer or Reuters. No matter how many rumors we get, unless there is something more compelling than bare assertions, then I don't believe any material on rumored sexuality should be included, plain and simple. GABHello! 15:24, 15 May 2016 (UTC)
This should be included for several reasons: Firstly, his sexuality is questioned by so many people, including his own citizens, that it is not a fringe view that should be removed for BLP. As @Largoplazo: rightfully drew attention to Obama and accusations of his Islam -- even if this accusation of a living leader of the free world is patently false and damaging -- likewise, this similar scenario demands similar treatment ie. its inclusion in the article. Secondly, there is no reason to believe that Mr Molesworth, an important source, is lying; i challenge those content removers to prove otherwise. (talk) 07:01, 16 May 2016 (UTC)
I don't see any of those sources as saying a significant number of people questioned his sexuality. Instead, authors only note vague phrases such as "pursued al Said relentlessly" or mentioning a few people who questioned it. As long as he isn't open about it personally, I don't think anyone is able to say with any more authority whether he is homosexual. Therefore, the only time it would make sense to discuss in the article is if it was a very wide-held view and noted significantly in publications, which I fail to see (only passing mentions, and only a few people mentioned). My view is that while an important source may say such an assertion, nobody can determine someone else's sexuality. Appable (talk) 14:47, 16 May 2016 (UTC)
But other people can ascertain that there is discussion of the person's sexuality, which is what this conversation is about. I really wish I could make some headway in ironing out the distinction between asserting that someone is X and asserting that there are rumors/reports that someone is X, so that everyone will keep the conversation on the latter topic instead of confusing it by bringing in remarks like "nobody can determine someone's sexuality", which is true but also beside the point. Largoplazo (talk) 16:55, 16 May 2016 (UTC)
Actually, a significant number of people have questioned his sexuality. The quotes in the sources variously say "the assumption of homosexuality has pursued Sultan Qaboos relentlessly" (clearly indicating widespread acknowledgement/suspicion), "the sultan is generally believed to be homosexual by Omanis" and "stories of his exploits have traveled widely throughout the Gulf." Hence, it is undeniable that he is believed to be homosexual by Omanis and other Gulf Arabs. Plus, Molesworth used to be Qaboos's second most senior intelligence officer and he is adamant that his former boss was homosexual. Molesworth is not some source you can just discard as unimportant or lacking credibility. You have to prove he is wrong or lying for some reason before discounting his witness. So we have an important witness and wide discussion among GCC citizens regarding Qaboos's homosexuality; this is certainly enough to warrant inclusion. You shouldn't remove the content unless you can disprove Molesworth and until you can prove that GCC opinion is a fringe element.
@Largoplazo: Do i have your support to keep the edit on Qaboos's homosexuality? (talk) 07:59, 17 May 2016 (UTC)
You have mine. I have watched insertions in the article and discussion on this talk page about this matter be deleted repeatedly for years. I agreed with those deletions because the Sultan's reputation is protected by BLP, not because the rumor is false (which I agree no one who is not the Sultan or a sometime paramour of his is in a position to confirm or refute), nor because it is not widely discussed (it definitely is), but because he is entitled to protection from even widespread gossip. But BLP is not an impenetrable shield, and there comes a point where talk about the issue is so widespread that it merits acknowledgement. The assertion made by someone who worked for and in His Highness's confidential environment long and closely enough to have knowledge of why the allegation may persist (i.e. Molesworth's perception that it is true) and to contribute to that perception and thus to its pervasiveness, coupled with reports that discussion of the allegation is widespread and of lengthy duration rises, finally, to a level which merits allusion in this bio. FactStraight (talk) 20:33, 18 May 2016 (UTC)
@FactStraight: Thankyou for your support. It's much appreciated and valued, especially since you have objectively followed this issue for quite some time. (talk) 07:55, 19 May 2016 (UTC)
If the consensus is that there should be some mention then that is fine. However I do not think the reported statement of a single indivodual in a single source should be reported as definitive proof. Therefore I think it is best if the source is provided but no conclusion is drawn.Martinlc (talk) 08:23, 19 May 2016 (UTC)
@Martinlc: A simple fix is that the section is re-worded. There is no need to just remove content. (talk) 10:36, 19 May 2016 (UTC)
The restored wording implies that this one person has provided definitive proof. That is not the case. I considered rewording but came to the conclusion that to single out this statement for repetition added nothing to the previous sentence. In brief, my view is that a statement by a historian in an OUP book is likely to be reliable but not necessary DUE in terms of weighting. I ma happy for alternative wordings to be explored but the restored version appears to add Wikipedia's voice to accepting the statement as definitive, and we are not in a position to do that. We could use a direct quote from the source but as I say I don't believe that giving this one source primacy is not justified.Martinlc (talk) 11:11, 19 May 2016 (UTC)
@Martinlc: Please do not remove neutrally worded language. The edit says very clearly that Molesworth's view is his own. Moleworth himself is definitely notable enough for his own inclusion. This is more than enough to meet neutrality. Simply removing the entire sentence under a pretense is unacceptable. (talk) 09:43, 20 May 2016 (UTC)
I am glad that the work 'confirmed' has been dropped. I disagree about the notability of Molesworth's opinion but can live with the current version.Martinlc (talk) 13:54, 20 May 2016 (UTC)
@Martinlc: Thankyou. Your acceptance is much appreciated. (talk) 04:25, 21 May 2016 (UTC)

Phrasing of sultan sexuality mentionEdit

Hi. The current version of the article reads "His sexuality has long been called into question by Omanis, with the suggestion that he is homosexual.[22][23][24] According to Tony Molesworth, who was Oman's second most senior intelligence officer, Qaboos is homosexual.[25]"

I would argue that the version "He is believed to be homosexual by some Omanis, including his senior intelligence officer Tony Molesworth.[22][23][24][25]" is more clear and understandable. The current version awkwardly discusses his sexuality and the meaning seems to clearly be just that some Omanis believe that he is homosexual. While Tony Molesworth is a notable enough source to include on the article, he still only believes that he is homosexual, so I think it's far clearer to note that "some Omanis" includes a fairly relevant and close figure to Qaboos.

I edited the article to include this change, but an editor raised the valid concern that there was a discussion that (roughly) agreed that his sexuality was at least worth some mention, and that the change I made could be contentious. Interested in what others think about this phrasing change. Appable (talk) 19:31, 3 June 2016 (UTC)

Seems constructive to me. But I would use the active voice: "Some Omanis, including senior intelligence officer Tony Molesworth, believe him to be homosexual." Replacing "called into question" is definitely appropriate. Largoplazo (talk) 20:16, 3 June 2016 (UTC)
That's a good solution but Molesworth isn't Omani so it would need to be "Senior intelligence officer Tony Molesworth and some Omanis believe him to be homosexual."Martinlc (talk) 21:33, 3 June 2016 (UTC)
Good options, thanks. I think it's best to wait for, who reverted the change, to comment if s/he wants to, but if there's no comment in a few days I'll add it in. Appable (talk) 06:13, 5 June 2016 (UTC)

So i added more specific detail for Molesworth because the previous wording was too vague. (talk) 05:49, 9 June 2016 (UTC)

Thanks, looks good! Appable (talk) 08:35, 9 June 2016 (UTC)

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The article's content on future succession arrangements has a single source, a blog post of unproven reliability. I propose that it is removed as speculation. Martinlc (talk) 13:53, 18 November 2016 (UTC)

Why is the sultan's name is also shown in Balochi language?Edit

Although Balochi is one of the many spoken languages in Oman, it doesn't have any official status inside the country! Maybe this should be reconsidered as an unnecessary supplement to this page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:47, 27 February 2017 (UTC)


‎Natgertler you are starting to tire me. You just reverted material I added on his sexuality with the justification "Personal life: there is no context given that makes the fact that there are rumors important. That he has no heirs, that's important; that he". First thing to say is that this justification is unintelligable. Second point to make is that you argued on the BLP page that we should not include material until we could contextualise its significance. Despite the fact that there is no wiki guidance that indicates this is the approach we need to take in such case, I nevertheless showed good faith by providing that context. I'm starting to think that you're less interested in making sure we observe precedent in this area, and more concerned with ensuring that certain things go unsaid. I'd rather we avoid an edit war so before reverting yet again can you please clarify you're last justification so that we can agree on a constructive way forward. I note that the material on his sexuality has been removed several times - and on least more than one occasion by the US State Department (presumably keen to avoid undermining a strategic ally). Contaldo80 (talk) 12:16, 23 June 2017 (UTC)

I agree with NatGertler on the removal of this information (it is worth noting I've seen this issue in the past, see the talk page sections above). We should not be reporting rumors unless they are very important to the article. An attempt is given at context in the latest revision - It is significant in so far as it has implications for the succession and the future stability of the country. - but it is neither convincing nor sourced. I would be somewhat more inclined to support the inclusion of this rumor if there was a clear importance supported by (probably multiple) reliable sources, but I don't see that here. Remember, we are talking about rumors about a sultan in a country not open to homosexuality - so the bar for meeting BLP is even higher. Appable (talk | contributions) 13:55, 23 June 2017 (UTC)
I didn't realise we had to tailor wikipedia material to respect cultural or national sensitivities. I thought facts were facts. It's a fact that lots of people think he's gay and have discussed the issue. Contaldo80 (talk) 11:52, 27 June 2017 (UTC)
Whether there are rumors about his sexuality does not change whether or not there is an heir. There would be concerns about stability for that lack of an heir even if there were no rumors about why... particularly given that he is already at an age when few sire children. If you're noting that something has been removed several times by multiple editors, then you may wish to reflect on that calling into question whether you have consensus, and may wish to achieve that consensus before readding the material to the article. --Nat Gertler (talk) 17:39, 23 June 2017 (UTC)
You're argument makes little sense. You're just trying to keep it out. You keep moving the goalposts. Contaldo80 (talk) 11:52, 27 June 2017 (UTC)

RFC: the sultan's sexualityEdit

The consensus is to exclude claims about the sultan's sexuality per WP:BLP. Editors noted that the sultan has not publicly identified as homosexual.

Cunard (talk) 09:21, 13 August 2017 (UTC)

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

This Talk page of Qaboos bin Said al Said has been rife over a long period of time with discussion of whether claims about the sultan's sexuality should be covered in the article. Numerous people have chimed in, and there is a history of deletions and reversions of those deletions from the article. To summarize the key points made by both sides:

  • That the claims exist is documented in several cited sources, and one can probably understand why the sultan's actual sexuality, if not heterosexual, would be significant given the culture of Oman.
  • On the other hand, these sources aren't documenting the sultan's sexuality, they're documenting the existence of rumors about it, and the article doesn't provide context that would make coverage of these rumors relevant. Also, the sources aren't acceptable.

One editor posted the issue to WP:BLP on June 12, now archived at Wikipedia:Biographies of living persons/Noticeboard/Archive255#sultan qaboos al said. Discussion there occurred over only a single day, and then one editor unilaterally concluded that he was going to remove the material from the article. There have been three more reversions since then, and now yet another thread has opened, immediately above, on this Talk page. I figured an RFC was in order.

Should the article include this material? How do Wikipedia policies and guidelines apply here? Largoplazo (talk) 14:25, 23 June 2017 (UTC)

  • Given that the veracity (WP:V) of the claim is yet to be proven and the heightened sensitivity given WP:BLP in addition to questionable sources, it seems doubtful this will be conclusively proven. Recommend removal. LPW22 (talk) 17:56, 23 June 2017 (UTC)
  • No one has added any assertions regarding what the sultan's sexuality is to the article. Therefore, whether that claim, which nobody here has made, will be proven isn't the question here. The question is whether the claim's existence, which has been asserted, belongs in the article. Like the way we have an article on the Flat Earth theory, because that theory exists, not because it's true. In cases like that, what counts is whether the claim's existence, itself, is of sufficient significance to bother mentioning and, in the case of a BLP, making sure we don't run afoul of WP:BLP. That's what we should be exploring here. Largoplazo (talk) 18:02, 23 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Oppose The issue is that the claim is fairly questionable. The sources state that the sultan is generally believed to be homosexual and that the assumption of homosexuality has pursued the sultan. Neither of these claims amount to much more than gossips or rumors. If these rumors were significant in the sultan's career in any way (and this was supported in reliable sources), then perhaps it would be worth including. However, currently the article only weakly states implications for the succession and the future stability of the country; this claim isn't sourced. It seems the succession is more dependent on the existence of a heir - this is relevant and sourced, and thus should be included. Effectively, there doesn't seem to be any reason to include the rumors regarding his sexuality unless there are far more compelling sources to show that he is homosexual and that this is an issue of any significance in the country. Appable (talk | contributions) 21:01, 23 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Oppose inclusion of content implying homosexuality unless the sultan openly self-identifies as homosexual, per long established consensus on such matters. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 04:27, 24 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Would you say that inclusion of the article on the Flat Earth theory amounts to Wikipedia implying that the earth is flat? If, in that case, you find a distinction between reporting on the existence on that theory and implying that that theory is true, would the same distinction not hold here? Largoplazo (talk) 09:31, 24 June 2017 (UTC)
  • If you actually read the Flat Earth article, you would see that from the very first sentence, it is casting shade on the idea that the earth is flat; that is not the equivalent to what was done here. Additionally, Mother Earth is not a living person for the purposes of WP:BLP, so even if the situations were otherwise equivalent, our guidelines for how to deal with them would not be. --Nat Gertler (talk) 14:41, 24 June 2017 (UTC)
  • We know, based on substantial scientific grounds (and, trivially, based on direct observation from space) that the Flat Earth theory is false, so we can assert that it is false. We can't state that the rumors about the sultan are false because we don't know them to be false any more than we know them to be true. Largoplazo (talk) 16:49, 24 June 2017 (UTC)
  • And thus your analogy is problematic. We've got two very different situations here - an article that is making very clear the claims are false, and the entry here which was playing the "nudge nudge, wink wink, we're not saying he's a gay but other people sure are!" game. --Nat Gertler (talk) 17:13, 24 June 2017 (UTC)
  • They are different for the reason I said: because in one case we know the actual answer and in the other we don't. You're the one who's calling the latter case a "game". Is it your position that if someone could provide incontrovertible evidence that the sultan is straight, then it would suddenly become OK to report the existence of rumors saying he's not? If not, then the basis you've cited for the distinction you're making between the two cases (Flat Earth and Sultan) vanishes. If so—well, then you're being consistent, but that seems an odd paradigm to me: It's OK to report rumors if and only if we can declare them false or we can declare them true, but not if we can't declare them false or true. Largoplazo (talk) 17:57, 24 June 2017 (UTC)
  • You seem to be confusing my reasons for objecting to the value of your analogy with my objection to the inclusion of the material. This world does not spin around your analogy, as much as you are trying to push this RFC that way. --Nat Gertler (talk) 18:18, 24 June 2017 (UTC)
  • I reject the analogy with Flat Earth pseudoscience primarily because this article is a BLP and we do not include gossipy speculation about sexual orientation in BLPs, and also because we have abundant coverage of the Flat Earth theory in a large number of highly reliable sources. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 21:49, 24 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Oppose inclusion of content. Pretending that asserting the existence of a rumour about a BLP is somehow different from asserting the truth of a rumour about the BLP is fundamentally dishonest. Unless coverage of the rumour is SO widespread, this should not be included, no sources AFAI can see indicate widespread reliable coverage. Gossip is gossip, however one dresses it up. Pincrete (talk) 16:16, 24 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Your comments are illogical, unless you think rumors are inherently true. If I say "there is such a rumor about so-and-so", I am in no way stating that the rumor is true. I have come across rumors about the sexuality of a number of celebrities whose actual sexuality I don't know. I have now just reported, in the previous sentence, on the existence of these rumors, and I just pointed out, in that sentence, that I have no basis for asserting the truth of those rumors, and I am not asserting the truth of those rumors. If you are going to call me fundamentally dishonest for that, do you mean that I'm lying when I say those rumors exist, or do you mean I'm lying when I say I have no reason to believe the truth of those rumors? If I'm lying about neither, then you are calling me fundamentally dishonest for making an absolutely true assertion, in which case you're going to have to explain what you understand the phrase "fundamentally dishonest" to mean. (BLP states that certain things that are admissible for topics other than living persons aren't admissible for living persons, but it doesn't declare that apples and oranges become the same thing in BLP articles.) Largoplazo (talk) 16:45, 24 June 2017 (UTC)
If you do not know whether rumours are true or not, do not repeat them unless there is a compelling reason to do so. By looking at edit history, I looked at the claims and sources. The sources are not even remotely sufficient for the claim text. "I'm not saying it's true of course but I heard ....." is every village gossip's excuse, which is fundamentally what is being argued here. It is dishonest to pretend that repeating that rumours exist is not contributing to spreading them and dishonest to pretend that one is entitled to do that without evidence of any kind, not even real evidence that the rumours exist. Pincrete (talk) 17:43, 24 June 2017 (UTC)
But this isn't even, "I heard that there's a rumor." This is "the existence of rumors are documented in reliable sources". (Of course, if you don't consider them reliable sources, that's a different story, and I have no particular opinion on whether the sources that have been cited qualify as reliable for our purposes—except for continuing to insist that the question is whether they are reliably reporting on the existence of the rumors, not on their veracity. Largoplazo (talk) 18:01, 24 June 2017 (UTC)
There are plenty of rumors floating around in published form that living celebrity so-and-so is gay, or dying, or on the brink of a divorce, or feuding with another celebrity, and so on. I see this garbage all the time on the newspaper racks next to the supermarket checkout line. This gossip does not belong in Wikipedia. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 21:56, 24 June 2017 (UTC)
nb edit conflict.
I looked at the claims and sources. The sources are not even remotely sufficient for the claim text. You want to make general propositions (that rumours in the country are, and have been widespread) out of two very weak sources (3 anons say "everyone in the country knows"). You want to make WP the megaphone for those rumours, while simultaneously disowning any responsibility for spreading the rumours,"I'm not saying it's true of course but I heard .....". Sources would need to be 100 times better than this to warrant inclusion. Pincrete (talk) 22:01, 24 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Oppose (Summoned by bot) The sources are very weak, and rumors about a persons sexuality should not be given undue weight in Wikipedia. d.g. L3X1 (distænt write) )evidence( 13:34, 25 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Oppose inclusion per WP:BLP - ("BLPs") must be written conservatively and with regard for the subject's privacy. Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, not a tabloid: it is not Wikipedia's job to be sensationalist, or to be the primary vehicle for the spread of titillating claims about people's lives... This is a rumor/gossip/speculation and in my view, appears to be an attempt to use Wikipedia as a venue to out someone, which is not acceptable. Isaidnoway (talk) 16:43, 26 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Support inclusion. Sadly the responses above are representative of the frequent debate on wikipedia when it comes to this subject. Homosexuality is always pushed back into the closet with arguments that it can't be proved, it's not relevant, it's gossip. Quick, hide it away! It's almost as if we have made an accusation of some vile criminal action. A veneer of concerns around BLP hide general indifference to inclusion of LGBT issues and lack of sensitive handling - and in some cases a degree of homophobia. There is no effort to try and find a way to handle material maturely - instead we have this knee-jerk response. As if being gay is "titillating" or "sensationalist". It's just ordinary people - deal with it. Contaldo80 (talk) 11:49, 27 June 2017 (UTC)
It's almost as if we have made an accusation of some vile criminal action Remember that this guy is the Sultan of Oman and is Muslim. WP:WIKIPEDIAISNOTFORSTARTINGREVOLUTIONS d.g. L3X1 (distænt write) )evidence( 17:29, 27 June 2017 (UTC)
Oh gosh, I forgot, there are no gay muslims. My mistake. Contaldo80 (talk) 16:26, 28 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Oppose This article is bound by BLP. WP:LGBT says it best in their guidelines: "A living person may be categorized and identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) only if they themselves publicly identify as such". It doesn't matter if he is homosexual, nor if every single human in Oman thinks he's homosexual. menaechmi (talk) 17:47, 28 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Support per Largoplazo's comments above, that the persistent, widespread allegations about his homosexuality have themselves risen to a level of notability which merit mention in a neutral bio of this monarch. What also convinces me is the comment immediately above, "It doesn't matter if he is homosexual, nor if every single human in Oman thinks he's homosexual", because Wikipedia's internal, benignly-intended but rigid process protects his online reputation from both truth and offline perception -- even though one's reputation is "perception". This has become Orwellian: there is nothing NPOV about allowing a man or a religion to so effectively control information and discussion as to subvert the basic function of what purports to be a worldwide encyclopedia: to provide accurate information. Qaboos is not a celebrity about whose sexuality the rumor du jour is salacious gossip that could unfairly intrude upon his privacy, and so WP justifiably plays the knight gallant shielding him from trivial and lurid curiosity. Royalty today are not notable primarily because of what they do but because of what they are -- and the price of their unearned privileges is that the public expects and has long been accustomed to obtain greater knowledge of their private lives in mainstream media: special laws do not govern whom presidents or prime ministers may marry nor what their religion must be, as they do universally for royalty. Thus deeper scrutiny of royal BLPs has been standard media practice at least since the British Commonwealth Realms decreed that Mrs. Simpson was unacceptable as Edward VIII's queen, and worldwide media broke the tradition that their private romance was "off-limits" for public consumption. The argument that his sexual orientation is irrelevant smacks of homophobia: Oman's crown is hereditary in Qaboos's dynasty (thus he was, briefly and childlessly, married). Wahhabi Islam's desire to prevent Qaboos's subjects -- and Muslims in general -- from knowing that a lawful Muslim ruler is or may be homosexual (including gay Muslims) is understandable -- but it is not Wikipedia's role to assist their efforts by being complicit in the silence they seek to impose. Nothing here ought to prevent Wikipedia noting with citations, "Unconfirmed speculation about the Sultan's sexual orientation has been reported in mainstream Western media numerous times." It's time to invoke IAR when the strongest argument for censorship put forth here is that WP rules declare it irrelevant and off-limits whether a ruler of a nation in which homosexuality is severely stigmatized and criminalized is widely believed to be -- and even if he is in fact -- gay, that perception cannot so much as be mentioned. FactStraight (talk) 01:04, 29 June 2017 (UTC)
Here, let me clarify what I was thinking: Yes, I do believe that it does not matter if every Omani thinks Qaboos is gay because sexuality happens to be 120% personal, and there is absolutely no way to verify someone's sexuality without that person themselves saying so (in addition, they would never be allowed to publish their theory, but that's an entirely separate problem). There is no online nor offline perception protection Human beings control their own sexuality insofar as we can choose our own labels. That's it; outside of that you like who you like and dislike who you dislike. We are not (and should not) letting a religion control the information being displayed, but if that religion happens to be controlling how the subject of the article identifies themselves then it's a pretty tough titty.
If royalty is notable because of what they are (and not what they do) it only further entrenches that this content shouldn't be included - we have no clue what he is and people can only speculate. Maybe he has extravagant boat parties filled with oiled-up young men (so claims one of the sources), but it doesn't matter because the only claim of sexuality from him we have is that he once married to a woman (last I checked our society assumes this means he is straight. I have been out of touch with straight men for a ridiculously long time, so I could use expert verification).
I'm not sure why you feel the need to go out and complain about Wahhabi Islam, especially considering that Oman is largely Ibadi, you could be trying to make the argument that Saudi Arabia is trying to censor this information because it makes their anti-gay stance seem even more illogical?
I actually like your wording best, it is significantly better than what was previously used (which is completely unacceptable and unverifiable). It has some problems, though, the sources used are largely academic and based on only a few testimonies - questionably enough to verify the claims. Also, numerous seems to mean thrice (excluding the ref Monsoon Revolution: Republicans, Sultans, and Empires in Oman, which I think was originally used to verify that he has no heirs. I am confirming this at the library today. The French wiki exclusively quotes a tabloid, which I would hope we never include). Which also brings up the question of WP:Weight. Also, what if he's bisexual, or pansexual, or completely straight but just likes being on a boat with oiled-up men? Really, inclusion of these theories support the idea that homophobia is (just a little) justified because clearly even the potential of someone being not-straight is worth being mentioning. Also, notability doesn't apply to content within an article. menaechmi (talk) 20:23, 29 June 2017 (UTC)
Thank you for correcting my reference to Wahhabism when it should have been to Ibadi Islam. Published references to allegations about the Sutlan's sexuality have been repeatedly discussed on this page, but are invariably scrubbed on the Orwellian premise that because the matter cannot be addressed in the article, it also cannot be addressed on the talk page, so the history of the debate about it -- and any sources alluded to therein -- are suppressed by Wikipedia. Researching the history of this talk page reveals that from its beginning this is THE most persistently raised challenge to censorship of the article's content, yet editors trying to make an assessment of its relevance and the principles involved do not see that trend when visiting this page -- indeed, if BLP rules are adhered to, it is mandated that once this RFP is defeated, the discussion in which we are now engaged must be suppressed and made impossible to see. Yet this debate is not about the man's sexual orientation, but about how it is often and ubiquitously discussed outside Islamic media, where to do so is both blasphemous and criminal. Wikipedia continues to be complicit in that censorship, and any rules which require it to be so should not be enforced in this exceptional case. FactStraight (talk) 16:11, 30 June 2017 (UTC)
I've just looked through the edit history of this page, and see no sign that it has been "scrubbed" - no revdels, there were large deletions that book place back around 2008, but they were each quickly restored. Looking at the current state of this talk page, there is not a lack of discussion on the matter. Whether it should be scrubbed is another question, but can you put forth any evidence that it has been scrubbed? --Nat Gertler (talk) 14:06, 1 July 2017 (UTC)
I agree with you there - I think the BLP scrubbing is a little ridiculous (in 99% of cases) and if it ends up happening here I will be disappointed. That being said, after having looked at the sources provided, I don't see much support for having the content in the article still. Sultan In Arabia discusses these rumours as as malicious gossip meant to undermine the moral authority of the Sultan. From page 86-87 "It only becomes a danger, a threat to the established order, when such an essentially private matter becomes the currency of gossip, of menace by stealth....So the gossip and rumour visited upon one of the world's last Sultans has to be weighed in context." Monsoon Revolution quotes Tony Molesworth (apparently the second most senior intelligence officer) as saying "HM is homosexual and vicious, like his father behind the scenes", immediately preceded by "Other focused on Qaboos's character, complementing their disapproving statements with homophobic references to his sexual preferences". To me, that last one serves as an insult that you'd throw at someone (much like this meme). If we're gonna go with something like "Unconfirmed speculation about the Sultan's sexual orientation has been reported in mainstream Western media numerous times." then we need sources that actually speculate, when these at most speculate on other's speculation which I can't find. menaechmi (talk) 14:17, 3 July 2017 (UTC)
Molesworth's unequivocal assertion, from one in a position to have observed what he was speaking of, doesn't deserve to be dismissed by a Wikipedia interpretation different from what he plainly states. The wording I suggested isn't "Media have speculated" but rather that media have "reported speculation". "Speculation" is compromise language I'm proposing to address the concerns of those who object to less oblique language such as "media have reported that he may be homosexual" ("Media have reported rumors" doesn't work because that term can't include Molesworth's comment, whereas "speculation" can cover a broader range of references to Qaboos's sexuality). Moreover, this wording was off the top of my head: The point is that we can craft some language which alludes to the matter that has long been reported in media and which continues to dominate this talk page, without crossing over into a definitive assertion. Consensus is possible that is reasonably sensitive to both the objection based on BLP protections and to an absolute exclusion that colludes with censorship. FactStraight (talk) 20:16, 3 July 2017 (UTC)
A point well made. Although I think speculation while right does need to make a specific but short reference to the "dreaded word" homosexuality. Contaldo80 (talk) 16:31, 28 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Support inclusion. It's obviously an open secret. Is there any reference of Qaboos claiming it's a horrible calumny ? Frimoussou (talk) 23:40, 28 July 2017 (UTC)
  • I fail to see how sources saying "generally believed", "three Omanis", and "called into question" can be considered an open secret. The only source that has any significance whatsoever is Tony Molesworth, and it's still fairly weak (per menaechmi's excellent analysis). No source shows that Qaboos or his administration has commented, which makes it rumor and gossip at best. Appable (talk | contributions) 07:09, 29 July 2017 (UTC)
Open secret mean that when people talk, they admit everybody know that he is gay and that there is no sign of heterosexuality. The fact hasn't be contested. Frimoussou (talk) 03:27, 30 July 2017 (UTC)
I will contest that then. "Called into question" certainly does not suggest that everyone knows that he is gay (actually, it seems to suggest the opposite: that it is simply a rumor passed around). Three Omanis, all anonymous, is not particularly convincing, and "generally believed" is far too vague to suggest that "everyone knows" his sexual orientation. Rather, I think the sources show that it is a rumor whispered around, not anything open and certainly not something that Qaboos would comment on. Appable (talk | contributions) 06:53, 30 July 2017 (UTC)
And yet you seem to have no problem with the vague statement "His closest advisors are reportedly security and intelligence professionals within the Royal Office"? This isn't gossip or rumour presumably? Double standards? Contaldo80 (talk) 15:18, 31 July 2017 (UTC)
@Contaldo80: We're discussing the inclusion of sources discussing Qaboo's sexual orientation. I haven't formed any opinion on that statement because it hasn't been the subject of any discussion. If you think it needs discussion, it should not be discussed here unless there is an obvious connection. Appable (talk | contributions) 17:57, 31 July 2017 (UTC)
I'm making the point to illustrate that the issue does not appear to be one of generally improving the article but instead the view that homosexuality itself controversial and needs to be handled differently to all other material. You'd think we could be more mature.Contaldo80 (talk) 12:33, 1 August 2017 (UTC)
  • Oppose I don't see any way this will meet WP:BLP standards, given that he doesn't publicly identify as homosexual. I feel that it's possible something will be added after he dies. Power~enwiki (talk) 06:22, 29 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Oppose per sensible comments made above by Appable and others. While the only evidence for the claim or for the belief is that a few anonymous people affirmed that everyone they knew believed a particular thing, that is not enough to override the requirements of WP:BLP. It should not be mentioned. MPS1992 (talk) 20:25, 31 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Oppose as per WP:BLP and Menaechmi. I think this is a fairly clear-cut case. GABgab 22:54, 31 July 2017 (UTC)

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Full protectionEdit

This article needs a consensus regarding inclusion or non-inclusion about BLP issues (the subjects sexuality); I have therefore fully protected the article for one week. Discuss away. Lectonar (talk) 20:19, 23 June 2017 (UTC)

No to suppression of infoEdit

Judging by the edit summaries and talk page discussions i've read, the editors who oppose the homosexuality edit appear to fall into one of the following categories:

  • Those loyal Omani sycophants who think connecting their dear Islamic leader with homosexuality is somehow unbecoming and shameful.
  • Those who think that the sources provided are unreliable even though Oxford University Press, Springer and University of California Press are clearly reliable publishers.
  • Those who think that it is violating BLP to mention the beliefs of others just because Qaboos hasn't confirmed them himself, even though these beliefs (as shown in the source quotes) are clearly generally and widely held and even asserted by Tony Molesworth, who was someone in Qaboos's inner circle.

These are not valid excuses to remove the content and act as Qaboos's personal censors. (talk) 13:35, 7 July 2017 (UTC)

Note: the version of the homosexuality info we are discussing is my new wording as follows:

  • According to Tony Molesworth, Oman's former second-most-senior intelligence officer, Qaboos is homosexual.[32] This view is widely shared by many Omanis and Gulf Arabs.[33][34]

A more detailed version of my edit, with the references, can be seen here in the 'Difference between revisions' page. (talk) 13:58, 7 July 2017 (UTC)

Even if it were not a matter of WP:BLP concern, the first sentence, stating that one person makes that claim, would appear to be trivia. As for the second sentence, the sources as quoted do not state what the sentence states. One indicates that three Omanis think this is a common belief, which is different from the book claiming it's a common belief; the other states there's an assumption but it doesn't say who is assuming it. --Nat Gertler (talk) 14:43, 7 July 2017 (UTC)
The sources paint a clear picture of the general belief that he is gay: "Qaboos was generally believed to be gay", "stories of his exploits have traveled widely throughout the Gulf", "the sultan is generally believed to be homosexual by Omanis", "the assumption of homosexuality has pursued Sultan Qaboos relentlessly". In no way can these cites be interpreted to imply that his suspected homosexuality is only believed by an insignificant minority. Adding the confirmation of his former second-most-senior intelligence officer only strengthens the case for inclusion in the article. We have mentions on Wiki about Obama being suspected by a large number of Americans of being Muslim or not born in America (even though he has continuously denied these allegations), but no one has removed them because of BLP. NB: no deputy director of the CIA has come out to support these allegtions. Based upon this Wiki analogy, i believe that Qaboos's homosexuality has greater merit for inclusion because we have general belief, the support of someone formerly in his inner circle, and we don't have Qaboos's denial of the claim. (talk) 08:17, 19 July 2017 (UTC)
Really should not be re-adding that paragraph in any form until there is consensus, as it's still contentious BLP material no matter how it is edited.
The citizenship conspiracy is not actually mentioned in the article Barack Obama, though it is mentioned in Barack Obama citizenship conspiracy theories. I note that the conspiracy theories article includes information such as statistics regarding the number of Americans who doubt Obama's birth location from reliable polling organizations, which is far stronger than "generally believed" or "pursued relentlessly". Further, I question why his intelligence officer would have any real information as to his sexual orientation, and why this general belief overrides typical Wikipedia consensus that sexual orientation should not be included unless stated by the person or extremely important to anything outside of his personal life. To compare again to the Obama conspiracy theory, they were significant enough for their presidential campaign to directly respond to the accusations, and there are hundreds of news stories discussing these theories: this shows that the rumors were at least notable. This is a few sources vaguely stating rumors about a living person: that's not acceptable in a biography. Appable (talk | contributions) 01:01, 21 July 2017 (UTC)
Perhaps because he is precisely an intelligence officer... Frimoussou (talk) 13:17, 28 July 2017 (UTC)
@Frimoussou: Intelligence officer doesn't mean he knows everything about Qaboos. Anyway, it's still contentious BLP material that's not obviously verifiable, so it still needs a talk page discussion. I don't see anything resembling consensus for that addition, so I recommend you revert that addition and discuss. Appable (talk | contributions) 16:20, 28 July 2017 (UTC)
There are lots of assertions in this article and I'm sorry that they seem to be neglected because the issue of homosexuality is proving so controversial for some. One statement even sayd "His closest advisors are reportedly security and intelligence professionals within the Royal Office, headed by General Sultan bin Mohammed al-Numani" and no-one has challenged the use of "reportedly" - this strikes me as a lack of consistency. There really need not be so much fuss - there is already a line that says "Although Sultan Qaboos returned to Oman on 23 March 2015 and state officials as well as the Sultan himself have repeatedly tried to assure the population over his health, uncertainty still remains and the question of his succession is giving way to all sorts of speculations". We just simply add to the end of that sentence the words "including possible homosexuality". That's all we need - no-more and no less. Contaldo80 (talk) 16:25, 28 July 2017 (UTC)
Intelligence officer doesn't mean he is totally ignorant about Qaboos (among other subjects), it would be better to write. At the contrary, intelligence officers know by definition much more things than most people do. The content of this addition is well sourced, isn't about Qaboos' factual homosexuality itself and, by the way, hasn't be denied. But perhaps am I wrong : if such denegations exists, it would possible to add the proper reference, I guess. Frimoussou (talk) 17:04, 28 July 2017 (UTC)

He Ended SlaveryEdit

It would only be fair if my sourced edit is included. The delay in the pending changes needs to end.2601:447:4101:41F9:3440:9EA9:A392:F56 (talk) 22:50, 24 October 2017 (UTC)

Pending change is in place, for the most part, to prevent the Sultan's detractors from adding poorly sourced, speculative, or irrelevant material about him that is unduly negative. So a small delay in consideration of new changes is not such a high price to pay. In my opinion. MPS1992 (talk) 22:57, 24 October 2017 (UTC)
Identifying that someone is homosexual or bisexual is not "irrelevant" or "unduly negative" and does not necessarily come from "detractors". Be careful to use more neutral language. Contaldo80 (talk) 09:12, 25 October 2017 (UTC)
Lovely. Let's talk about it. MPS1992 (talk) 22:05, 25 October 2017 (UTC) Wait, you've really been here that long, with that many edits? Well, perhaps let's not talk about it. Your comment here in itself makes me want to look into your editing. MPS1992 (talk) 22:07, 25 October 2017 (UTC)
I wish I could express as much enthusiasm in wanting to look into your editing.Contaldo80 (talk) 09:05, 26 October 2017 (UTC)

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Is there any evidence that he claims descent from Muhammad? Brough87 (talk) 11:08, 11 May 2018 (UTC)

@Brough87: No, Oman is a special case, where the use of the title "Sayyid" does not imply a claim to the descent from Muhammad. --Yomal Sidoroff-Biarmskii (talk) 22:20, 27 October 2018 (UTC)

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The result of the move request was: speedy moved as uncontroversial. FYI, Google ngrams also indicates a clear COMMONNAME. (non-admin closure) --- C&C (Coffeeandcrumbs) 20:06, 11 January 2020 (UTC)

Qaboos bin Said al SaidQaboos bin Said Al Said – Consistency with the material of the article. The Arabic word آل should not be confused with the Arabic definite article. Recruos (talk) 10:11, 11 January 2020 (UTC)

  • Support as per Recruous, the Al should be capitalised. Droodkin (talk) 13:57, 11 January 2020 (UTC)
  • Support move to either that or just → Qaboos bin Said. BegbertBiggs (talk) 14:21, 11 January 2020 (UTC)
  • Support The title of the article about his cousin (and successor) has it capitalized. — (talk) 19:53, 11 January 2020 (UTC)
  • Comment His name in the In the news section of the Main Page ought to be corrected also but perhaps this needs to be done right away (because it's on the Main Page) instead of after this discussion is closed in seven days (when the news item will almost certainly have dropped out of In the news, anyway). @Recruos, perhaps you could post something in the In the news section of WP:ERRORS. —⁠ (talk) 19:53, 11 January 2020 (UTC)

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He had no daughters? --Yomal Sidoroff-Biarmskii (talk) 13:44, 18 January 2020 (UTC)

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