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Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Wed May 1 12:00:30 EDT 2019


Oman <https://timesofoman.com/morearticles/Oman>
<https://timesofoman.com/morearticles/Oman/>
State Council approves Arabic policy proposal
April 30, 2019 | 11:07 PM

by Times News Service
The session was chaired by Dr. Yahya bin Mahfoudh Al Mantheri, the Chairman
of the State Council. –Supplied photo

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*Muscat: *The State Council yesterday approved the proposal of the
‘Language policies of the Sultanate, its realities, challenges and
mechanisms to develop and activate them’, and formed a technical drafting
committee to append the comments of the honourable members to the proposal.

The session chaired by Dr. Yahya bin Mahfoudh Al Mantheri, the Chairman of
the State Council, was held in the presence of the honourable members and
the Secretary-General of the Council.

Also at its ninth regular session, the Council approved the ‘Draft
provisions for draft laws submitted by Oman Council’ and included the
comments of the members pertaining to it.

Dr. Yahya bin Mahfoudh Al Mantheri, in his opening speech reviewed the
agenda, congratulated the honourable members on the advent of the Holy
Month of Ramadan. He prayed to Allah for the good health and well-being of
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and to bless the Omani people with
goodness and progress.


The Council then discussed the proposal submitted by the Special Committee
on ‘Language policies of the Sultanate, its realities, challenges and
mechanisms to develop and activate them.’

Rayya Salim Said Al Manthari, Chairperson of the Committee, explained that
the Arabic language has an influential role in the civilisation development
and contributes to enrichment of Arab heritage and various cultural and
intellectual progress. She noted that since Arabic language symbolises the
national identity, it should receive deserved attention, in the light of
the various new developments and variables that directly or indirectly
affects thinking and culture.



She said, “The importance of ensuring the adequate importance to Arabic
language in this era of technological development has multiplied,
especially in the light of the need to enhance the Arabic content on
internet, to support the requirements of the knowledge-based economy. This
global trend is today the focus of many countries to rely on the mother
tongue to enable cognitive growth, creativity and innovation.”

She noted that special attention has been accorded to the Arabic language
by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said by placing firm interest on it in
education and development not only at the national level but also at the
global level.

The proposal identifies the reality of the language policy in the Sultanate
and the commitment of the parties and individuals to use the Arabic
language in various fields. The topic for the proposal was approved at the
thirteenth plenary meeting of the third annual session of the sixth period
of the Council and a special Committee was established.

The Committee has hosted several specialists and stakeholders to identify
the efforts of the various entities in order to promote the proper usage of
Arabic language in transactions and correspondence, in addition to
identifying the main challenges and shortcomings in this aspect and suggest
ways to address them.

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/

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