Muscat, The Youth Lab held a seminar at Bait
Al Zubair under the theme Linguistic Richness in the Sultanate of
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
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