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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Memoirs of an Arabian Princess

sqccdc"Memoirs of an Arabian Princess" is an autobiography published in 2013 and written initially in Arabic and German. The book tells of Emily Ruete’s life as an Arabian Princess, known royally as Salmah bint Said (1844-1924). This autobiography focuses especially on the subject’s childhood in Zanzibar; she lived between the houses of Bet il Watoro and Bet il Mtoni. The book also describes how she met and married her husband Rudolph Heinrich Ruete while living in Stone Town. It was with him that she later settled in Germany.⠀ ⠀ From 1850 to 1865, Ruete, an autodidact, was hugely influential within the Sultanate of Oman and Zanzibar. For instance, during the period of British and the German influence on Zanzibar, she helped to mediate the succession dispute of her brothers, Majid bin Said and Barghash bin Said.⠀ ⠀ The princess’s memoirs immerse readers in Zanzibari society under the reign of the Omani Sultans. The book also offers illustrations of Omani and Zanzibari towns in comparison to European lifestyles, as well as details about histories, identities, customs, and traditions belonging to Zanzibar. One such custom which readers might recognize is the celebration of eids or holidays with a special coffee prepared with roasting, grounding, and boiling techniques and eating accompanying slices of Areca nut. Holidays and ceremonies in Zanzibar were also traditionally celebrated by cooking famous dishes such as chicken, mutton, fish, and sweetmeat accompanied by rice.⠀ ⠀ Authors: Emily Ruete; Translated by Lionel Strachey.⠀ Publisher: Beirut Bookshop, Muscat, 2013.

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