Sultan Qaboos cultural center library

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.

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"Knowledge is not absolute and can always be revised,"

HIS MAJESTY SULTAS QABOOS BIN SAID | Address at Sultan Qaboos University in May 2000

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SQCC is now on Overdrive! The online library features a collection of Arabic and English ebooks, audiobooks, and videos on history, travel, literature and religion of the Sultanate of Oman.

The Overdrive online library features hard to find electronic materials all accessible by computer or smart devices through Overdrive's Libby App.

Email [email protected] to create an account with our online library and visit to access our e-book collection.


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Experience Oman in Virtual Reality!

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Take a free self-guided tour of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Oman by visiting the SQCC Library. Immerse yourself into a 360° virtual environment and explore every inch of the second largest mosque in the world!

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Celestial bodies (Sayyidat al-qamar)

The Celestial Bodies is a novel written by the Omani novelist and academic Jokha Alharthi, and translated by Marilyn Booth. The first novel was published in Arabic as Sayyidat al-qamar. It is also the first novel written in Arabic to win the Man Booker International Prize 2019, and the first book by a female Omani author to be translated into English.

The novel traces the life of three sisters living in the village of Al-Awafi in Oman. Mayya marries after a heartbreak. Asma marries from a sense of duty. Khawla rejects all offers while waiting for her beloved, who has immigrated to Canada.

The Celestial bodies opens a window into Omani society, customs, and values. The book also offers a story of people of modern Oman that told through one family, as well as details about histories, identities, and traditions belonging to Oman.

The book also highlights through how the Omani society has skillfully balanced both modernity and tradition, a dynamic that has been the goal throughout Oman since 1970.

Author: Jokha Alharthi. Translated by Marilyn Booth.

Publisher: Sandstone Press, Dingwall (Scotland), 2018

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