Events at SQCC

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) regularly cosponsors events with other institutions around Washington, D.C. and across the U.S. SQCC participates in festivals and workshops with other organizations in order to fulfill its mission of educating Americans about Omani culture and supporting cross-cultural exchange between the US and Oman.

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These events range from our SQCC annual conference, held in partnership with a different university each year, to multicultural festivals and events hosted by organizations like the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries (Washington, D.C.), Arab Festival Orlando (Orlando, FL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan (New York City, NY). SQCC also annually holds a booth at the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) annual conference, where SQCC promotes its Indian Ocean in World History website, a free classroom resource, to K-12 educators.

Past Events

Poetry and Prose: Verbal Battles: The Naqāʾiḍ of Jarīr and al-Farazdaq

RSVP HERE: This presentation will focus on Cory Jorgensen’s forthcoming monograph, Throwing Down the Verbal Gauntlet: The Arabic Invective of Jarīr and al-Farazdaq. The book studies the flytings poetry (naqā’iḍ) of Umayyad-era poets Jarīr and al-Farazdaq. These poets catered their performances to an audience in verbal battles that are among the first instances of…

SQCC Annual Conference 2022

REGISTER using this link: SCHEDULE here: SQCC Conference Schedule 2022  

Oman Exhibit at Craft2Wear Show

Oman Exhibit at Craft2Wear 20-22 October 2022 National Building Museum The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) at the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman will partner with the Smithsonian Women’s Committee for the 2022 Craft2Wear Show. SQCC will also exhibit Omani fashion, jewelry, and perfume from the Sultanate of Oman and other wearable art. You…

Book Signing

Book Signing Islamic Law States and International Law: Peaceful Resolution of Disputes Author Emilia Justyna Powell Thursday, 22 September 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Reception to Follow RSVP Required   Emilia Justyna Powell is Professor of Political Science with concurrent appointment at the Law School at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Powell specializes in international…

Fire and Light: A Journey through Ibn ‘Arabī’s Collection of Love Poems, Tarjumān al-Ashwāq

RSVP HERE: Special guest Michael Sells, historian and scholar of religion, will explore poetry and mysticism in the 7th/13th century through selections of the renowned mystic Muḥyiddīn Ibn ʿArabī ‘s love poems–in Arabic and in his recently published translation–from Ibn ʿArabī ‘s collection Tarjumān al-Ashwāq.

Research Fellowship Application Deadline Extended

SQCC Research Fellowship Program Application Due Date has been extended to 9 October 2022. For more information please visit All Research Fellowship applications must be completed by 11:59 on 9 October 2022.

Omani Cultural Evening

Join SQCC at Omani Cultural Evening on 18 August from 5-8 pm. SQCC will recognize Omani culture with food and various activities. Registration is required via [email protected].

SQCC Hosts Interns from the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

On 30 June SQCC hosted interns from various U.S. States who are interning at the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (NCUSAR) in Washington, DC. Interns toured SQCC’s permanent exhibition, where they learned about traditional Omani dresses and handicrafts such as pottery, basketry, silversmithing and woodworking, as well as the aflaj irrigation system. Interns also learned…

Embassy Adoption Program Capstone Event with Seaton Elementary School

SQCC and the Embassy Adoption Program (EAP) concluded the 2021-2022 academic year with Seaton Elementary School students presenting their Capstone project on 27 May. The presentation opened with the playing of the National Anthem of Oman. Students shared what they learned about Oman during the school year, in the form of skits and PowerPoint presentations….

EuroAsia Shorts: Italy and Oman

EuroAsia Shorts film festival is back with a new mixed format for 2022, including both online and in-person screening events, available free to viewers across the United States, June 9 – 17.  To view all EuroAsia Shorts Film Festival events click here. The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman and the…