Mirbat, The historic seminar on the Omani
Navigator Shihab Eddine Ahmed bin Majid was held in the Wilayat of
Mirbat today under the patronage of Sheikh Khalid bin Omar al-
Marhoon, Minister of Civil Service. The seminar was organised by the
Ministry of Heritage and Culture, represented by the Directorate
General of Heritage and Culture in the Governorate of Dhofar.
Sheikh Kahlid al-Marhoon affirmed in a statement that the
contributions of the Omani Navigator Ahmed bin Majid, the most
famous Arab navigator, added another dimension to the humane
knowledge and reinforced the ancient maritime history of the Sultanate.
He added that behind this extended history of Oman and its
glory through the ages, men gave themselves and made the sacrifices
that deserved to be recorded in the books of history with gold. He
pointed out that behind this maritime role of Oman, there are men who
believed through their diligent quest in knowledge and the result was
an empire whose sons are proud of generation after generation.
Sheikh al-Marhoon added that Oman’s leading maritime role
was built on the shoulders of men, such as Ahmed bin Majid, who
developed the tools necessary for marine science, relying on compass,
magnets, stars and astronomy.
Ahmed bin Salim al-Hajri, Director General of Heritage and
Culture in the Governorate of Dhofar, said that the seminar is part of
the cultural events accompanying Salalah Tourism Festival to celebrate
the Omani Navigator Ahmed bin Majid, one of the symbols of the
Omani navigation and the pioneer of maritime navigation.
The seminar’s programme included the presentation of a range
of working papers by academic researchers and specialised historians.
A paper entitled “Ahmed bin Majid: The Man, Navigator and Scholar,”
was delivered by Dr. Said bin Mohammed al-Hashmi from Sultan
Qaboos University (SQU. A paper themed “The Omani Ahmed bin
Majid in the Oriental Studies,” was presented by Dr. Mohammed Qasim
Bahjam. Said bin Khalid al-Amri presented a paper entitled “Spatial
Geography in the Works of Ahmed bin Majid: Dhofar Ports and their
Landmarks as a Model”.
Another paper discussed “The Scientific Value of Ahmed bin
Majid’s writings, which was presented by Hussain bin Ali Ba Omar.
Hamoud bin Hamad al-Ghailani presented a paper entitled “Reading in
Summary of Regulations of Seas”. Khalid bin Mohammed al-Rahbi,
researcher in history presented a paper themed “The Role of Official
Institutions in the Exposition of Ahmed bin Majid and his Scientific
The seminar included a poem and a presentation on the
biography of the Omani Navigator Ahmed bin Majid, in addition to
honouring the participants and sponsors of the seminar.
The seminar on the Omani Navigator, Ahmed bin Majid, a
pioneer of maritime navigation, aims to highlight one of the Omani
important personalities who has left their mark in the field of maritime
navigation and to identify the institutional role and efforts exerted in
highlighting scientific, intellectual and literary achievements.
The Omani Navigator Ahmed bin Majid al-Sa’adi is one of the
most prominent Arab navigators in the ninth Hijri century / fifteenth
century, given to his scientific, intellectual and literary legacy.
Ahmed bin Majid collected practical experience as a navigator
and theoretical knowledge by recording his observations and
documenting the various knowledge related to marine science, which
made his achievements important references for researchers, scholars
and interested orientalists and Arabs alike.
Source: Oman News Agency