The University of Nizwa Hosts Second Arabic Conference on Modern Omani Prose Discourse and Reading Theories
Under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Issa Hamad Al-Azri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Judicial Council, the University of Nizwa hosted the second conference of the Arabic Language Department. The conference was titled “Modern Omani Prose Discourse in Light of Reading Theories”. The opening ceremony included speeches from the chairman of the conference preparatory committee, a participant, and the first and second keynote speakers.
Dr. Masoud Al-Hadidi, Head of the Arabic Department and the chairman of the preparatory committee, emphasized the significance of the conference to Oman's 2040 vision in his opening speech. He stated that "the University of Nizwa is always eager to be part of studying Omani literature to achieve Oman's vision 2040, the field of literature, identity, culture, and language".
Bassam Qatous, a professor of Criticism and Literature at Yarmouk University of Jordan, gave a speech on behalf of the participant in which he highlighted the significant role Omani literature plays in international literature, he said, “The prose writers in Oman have made leaps. Omani prose has been concerned with all aspects of creative content, and witnessed many modifications in the novel, theatre, and stories”.
Professor Dr. Saeed Yaqtin, a Moroccan academic critic and researcher, delivered the first keynote speech. He marked the link between literature and community issues and explained that “This conference is an important cultural event for both Oman and the Arabic world because creative writing should be a reflection of the community issues to be scientifically studied ”.
This year, the conference participants come from different Arab countries and will present several research papers for discussion.