Attainment of education is not a luxury but is a prerequisite for the development of good values, to build the nation, support its achievements and fulfil its aspirations whether they are immediate or long term." ~ The Renaissance of Education in the Sultanate of Oman

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 government publications.

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Shipwreck & Survival in Oman, 1763

In 1763, the Dutch ship Amstelveen set sail from the Dutch East Indies for Muscat, Oman. Through a tragic combination of human error and rough seas, the ship never made it to port, sinking off the southern coast of Oman. The thirty surviving crew members then faced a terrible trek across a desolate desert landscape to Muscat. Drawing on the logbook of Cornelis Eyks, the ship’s only surviving officer,Klaas Doornbos tells the fascinating story of the men’s journey across the Gulf of Oman desert, their encounters with the country’s inhabitants, and their struggle to survive. Quoting extensively from Eyks’s logbook, Doornbos describes how the sailors,barefoot and almost naked, walked hundreds of miles in the blazing sun in the hope of reaching civilization. Some of the men died on the way, while the fate of others is uncertain. It was not until 1766 that Eyks and the remaining men reached Muscat.Throughout Doornbos uses Eyks’s logbook - the oldest remaining European account of the area - to reveal much about the desert coast of Oman and its people. Equal parts social history, anthropology, and survival chronicle, this gripping account of the Amstelveen’s crew is a thrilling piece of naval history.

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Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center Library

Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
1100 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
library@sqcc.org
Phone: 202.677.3967 x104