Muscat, The Youth Lab held a seminar at Bait

Al Zubair under the theme Linguistic Richness in the Sultanate of

Oman.

Khalfan al-Zeidi, journalist and writer, opened the seminar on

the contribution of geography and the Sultanate’s proximity to ancient

civilisations and the availability of natural resources to cultural richness

of the Sultanate.

Asmahan al-Jarou, Professor in History, spoke about the

language and writing of people of Oman before Islam. She also

discussed the most important monuments found for the people of

Oman in ancient times.

Mustafa Mokhtar al-Lawati, writer and litterateur, spoke about

what is known as the “Lawati” Language in Oman. He said that it

belongs, along with other languages like Maimanya and Zrdjalya, to

the Sindhi language.

Dr. Mohammed al-Mahri, Director of the Education Department in

the GCC Secretariat General focused his speech on Mahri language.

He said that its documentation was delayed in writing compared to

other languages. He touched on the importance of literature and arts in

documenting the language and provided examples of poems, proverbs,

tales and legends in the Mahri language.

Makiya al-Kimzariya, senior teacher of Arabic language spoke

about the “Kimzariya” language, which is a non-semitic and non-

alphabetic language. It is a mixture of several languages. It is called

Kimzariya after the town of Kamzar in the northern Governorate of

Musandam.

The seminar was concluded about the Swahili language. Nasser

al-Riyami, researcher in Omani-East African Relations said, “There is

no conclusive evidence of the beginning of the birth of the Swahili

language, but the researchers believe that it derives from the Arabic

and Bantu languages. For decades, it has been written in Arabic script

before the colonizer changed that.

This seminar is one of the sessions of the Youth Lab, which aims

to talk about topics of interest to young people.

Source: Oman News Agency