"Knowledge is not absolute and can always be revised," His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. ~ address at Sultan Qaboos University in May 2000.

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center Library

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The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center Library features a special collection of Arabic and English language books, periodicals and photographic works on the history, literature, politics and religion of The Sultanate of Oman. The range of resources covers art and architecture, law, Islamic Law, Ibadi Islam, Qur’anic studies, histories of Oman and Zanzibar, Arabic literature in the form of short stories and poetry, literary criticism as well as materials on science, education and libraries.

The collection features many publications not found elsewhere in the United States and includes a wide range of Omani government publications.

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center Library accepts Inter-Library requests through outside institutions.

If you would like to request/or recommend a resource that would benifit our collection, please do not hesitate to email us.

Invitation to Join the SQCC Book Club!

Grandmother's stories

The Current Reading:
Title: My Grandmother's Stories: Folk Tales from Dhofar
Author: Khadija bint Alawi Al-Dhahab
Translator: W. Scott Chahanovich
Language: English
Availability: SQCC Library holdings and Ebook

About the Book:

The current reading features a collection of fifteen folk tales passed down orally from generation to generation in Oman. The author, who grew up in Oman's southern province of Dhofar, compiled and transcribed these stories about princesses, peasants, genies, and talking animals. These traditional folk tales give readers of all ages a unique glimpse into Dhofari life, customs, and values.

About the SQCC Book Club's First Meeting:

The SQCC Book Club will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, 4 December, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 in the SQCC Library located at 1100 16th Street, N.W., Washington D.C. 20036. The first meeting will include a guided group discussion of the selected stories: The Sly Fox, The Magic Ring, and The Prince and the Clever Maiden. How Do I Join the SQCC Book Club? Simply send an email to library@sqcc.org with the subject "SQCC Book Club" and we will keep you updated about upcoming readings and meetings.
How Do I Get the Book? Stop by the SQCC Library to pick up a copy of the book or send an email to library@sqcc.org for a digital copy.

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Take a free self-guided tour of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Oman by visiting the SQCC Library. Immerse yourself into a 360° virtual environment and explore every inch of the second largest mosque in the world!

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Collection Highlight

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Textile Trades, Consumer Cultures, and the Material Worlds of the Indian Ocean: An Ocean of Cloth

Textile Trades, Consumer Cultures, and the Material Worlds of the Indian Ocean: An Ocean of Cloth is an edited volume focusing on various aspects of textile production and material exchange. The volume reviews the emergence of the textile industry in the Indian Ocean and Far East and delves in to how trading activity has encouraged the exchange of cloth materials between different countries in the Eastern hemisphere.

Additionally, the volume presents how this exchange has deeply and consistently influenced the production and consumption of textiles for millennia. The volume emphasizes the connections between textiles, economic and cultural exchanges, and trade routes. These connections are categorized into three main sections: I: Regions of Production, II: Trade, Exchange and Networks of Distribution, and III: Cultures of Consumption.
The volume's articles explores textiles as essential material for trade across the Indian Ocean. In "Converging Trades and New Technologies: The Emergence of Kanga Textiles on the Swahili Coast in the Late Nineteenth Century" by MacKenzie Ryan examines the history of this colorful East African garment by emphasizing how trade networks helped to satisfy consumer demands in the late nineteenth century. This article also demonstrates the impact of the imported materials and new printing technologies in designing new Kangas.
As a whole, this volume uses an interdisciplinary approach and includes valuable illustrations, tables, and figures concerning textile production, commerce, and consumption via trade routes across the Indian Ocean. It is an important contribution to understanding the historical and cultural connections spanning the world's third-largest oceanic division.

Edited by: Pedro Machado, Sarah Fee, Gwyn Campbell. Published by: Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, 2018.

Available for check out! here!

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