Year marking Nizwa Capital of Islamic Culture concludes today
MUSCAT: Nizwa will conclude the one-year programme marking the selection of Nizwa the Capital of Islamic Culture for 2015 on Thursday. Nizwa was the focus of cultural attention in the Islamic world while it enjoys the prosperous present under the Blessed Renaissance of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. Nizwa renowned for its ancient past at the historic, civilised, cultural and spiritual level.
Nizwa was selected by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) to represent the Arab Region as a Capital of Islamic Culture for 2015 while Almaty, the previous capital of Kazakhstan, was selected to represent the Asian Region and Cotonou in Benin representing the African Region.
The project of Islamic Culture capitals is one of the major civilised projects that reflects the ISESCO care to the cultural diversity. It was approved by the 3rd Islamic Conference of Ministers of Culture in 2001. The conference called on the member states in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to nominate a group of cities. The ISESCO choose three cities each year to be the capitals of Islamic Culture representing the Arab, Asian and African Regions. Marking Nizwa the Capital of Islamic Culture for 2015 comes to highlight the position of the historic, civilised, religious and cultural ancient city, in addition to highlighting its landmarks and scholars who had a remarkable role in the Omani and Islamic history and civilisation.
Shaikh Hamad bin Hilal al Maamari, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Heritage and Culture for Cultural Affairs, said in a statement to Oman News Agency (ONA) that the Main Committee for Celebrating Nizwa the Capital of Islamic Culture sought, since the announcement of selecting Nizwa the Capital of Islamic Culture for 2015, to diversify the cultural programmes and activities to cover various aspects by involving various official institutions and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), as well as the local community organisations to come up with a clear vision to celebrate this occasion.
He pointed out that there is a general satisfaction from the Main Committee on the activities. He added that such programmes and activities were organised in different governorates of the Sultanate. These programmes included poetic nights, lectures and intellectual seminars that undoubtedly contributed to highlighting the ancient historic city as it prospered with its scholars and intellectuals since the old ages.
Shaikh Al Maamari further said that the Main Committee for Celebrating Nizwa the Capital of Islamic Culture seeks to document these cultural and art activities and programmes in the form of printed books and publications.
The Wilayat of Nizwa in the Governorate of Al Dakhiliyah is about 164 km away from Muscat. It is one of the major scientific and cultural centres in the Sultanate and the Arab World through the ages and the first centuries of the Holy Prophet Hijra. Nizwa is renowned for its mosques that graduated many scholars, intellectuals, men of letters and jurists.
Nizwa had a vital role in the prosperity of the scientific movement in the Sultanate and the building of the Islamic Civilisation edifice. It also had a remarkable activity in fields of various sciences as it was the capital of the country from the 2nd AH century to a period of time. — ONA