Muscat: Oman's contribution to the Islamic civilisation and their relations with the states of the Great Lakes will be discussed at the International Conference on Islamic Civilisation and Culture to be held next December in Burundi.
A delegation from the National Records and Archives Authority (NRAA) led by Dr Hamad bin Mohammad Al Dhoyani, chairman of the NRAA, paid a visit to the Republic of Burundi, in order to prepare for the International Conference on Islamic Civilisation and Culture, the role of Oman in the states of the Great Lakes, and the associating documentary exhibition scheduled for December.
During the visit, a committee was formed of all the ministries and agencies of the Republic of Burundi.
The main committee held its first preparatory meeting under the chairmanship of Dr Al Dhoyani and Dr Mohamed Rukara, adviser to the president of Burundi.
A press conference was held to review the details and programmes of the conference, details of the inputs from participating states and academics, along with their working papers and the arrangements with regard to the conference.
The press conference also touched upon the documentary exhibition, details of the venue and the opening and the audience.
More than 126 scholars from around the world will participate in the conference. The papers will focus on the Oman's role and Omani contribution to the Islamic civilisation and their relations with the states of the Great Lakes. It will also focus on the Sultanate of Zanzibar and its relations with the states of the Great Lakes, in addition to the role of the Omani inhabitants of those regions in the social, trade and cultural activities. Fifty-five papers were initially selected for the four-day conference.
The Burundian president has affirmed his readiness to inaugurate the conference and the associated documentary exhibition. The Burundian government commended the attention and generous gesture of the Government of the Sultanate of Oman, and affirmed that the conference and all the participants will receive a grand welcome and every cooperation.
The conference aims to study the history of the Islamic civilisation and culture, as well as the role of Oman in the countries of the Great Lakes. The workshop will include political, cultural, economic and social history aspects.
The conference will also review the march of history and civilisation of Oman, East of Africa and the countries of the Great Lakes.
Furthermore, the conference will highlight through research, the cultural aspects of Oman and its role and contribution to human civilisation in these areas. It will be an important asset to highlight the realities of this history of Oman.
The conference will include the following main themes: geographic and demographic theme, historical and political theme and literary and linguistic theme along with the social and economic theme, media and cultural theme, documents and manuscripts, and archaeology.