The public can now find interesting reading materials on culture, heritage, tradition and history of the Sultanate of Oman with the launch of the Al-Khalīl bin Ahmad Al-Farāhīdī Publications Corner at the Language and Literature Bureau’s (DBP) library yesterday.
The newly set up corner houses around 200 publications highlighting the contributions made by renowned Omani scholars on several branches of knowledge.
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin officiated.
The publication corner was launched in conjunction with the 75th birthday celebration of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and as part of the the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman in Brunei Darussalam’s efforts to promote Omani culture in Brunei Darussalam, while further strengthening people-to-people links which are important components of the existing strong ties between the two countries.
Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to Brunei Darussalam Sheikh Ahmed bin Hashel bin Rashed bin Hashel Al-Maskari said, “Al-Khalīl ibn Ahmad Al-Farāhīdī, after whom this publications corner is named, is a well-known Omani philologist, lexicographer and grammarian, who compiled the first Arabic dictionary, known as Kitab al-’Ayn, which is among the publications handed to the Library of the DBP. Al-Khalīl ibn Ahmad Al-Farāhīdī is also credited for the formulation of the rules of Arabic poetry.”
“Interestingly, the famous Arabic grammarian Sībawayh was among the students of Al-Farāhīdī, and contributed immensely towards Arabic Language advancement,” he added.
Oman-Brunei cooperation in the field of culture, he described “is going from strength to strength. Thanks to the considerable attention accorded by our two governments to cultural relations which serve as one of the pillars of our foreign policy. Furthermore, today’s launch is an opportunity to celebrate one of the most powerful factors and fundamental vehicles in the dissemination and preservation of knowledge, and cultural exchanges; which is the book, and it works in line with the initiatives of the Government of His Majesty in building a nation of readers”.
The launch marked the sixth of its kind, after previous publications corners were launched at the libraries of the four main public universities in the country, in addition to the library of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Defence Academy.
DBP Acting Director Suip bin Haji Abdul Wahab expressed his appreciation to Ambassador Sheikh Ahmed for the donation.
He shared that DBP Library section is actively implementing efforts to increase the function of the DBP Library as a community centre and as a platform for lifelong learning by giving quality source information, conducive physical space, and training as well as services.
In line with the effort, DBP’s library section organises a ‘Reaching The World’ – an exhibition that features publication from leading countries every month.
Following the launch, the minister and the ambassador exchanged mementos and toured the exhibition. The event also saw the unveiling of the ambassador’s gift to the library.
Permanent Secretary (Community and Culture) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Hajah Nor Ashikin binti Haji Johari, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Cultural) at the MCYS Dr Siti Norkhalbi binti Haji Wahsalfelah as well ambassadors, and chargé d’affaires from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) were also present.