Najma-al Zidjaly
    Najma  al Zidjaly

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    Najma al Zidjaly is a writer and associate professor of linguistics and intercultural communication in the English department of the College of Arts & Social Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University. You can e-mail her at

Empowering women
    September 30, 2012

I had the honour during my short visit to Oman to be invited to attend one of the first meetings of a newly founded initiative for professional women in Oman.

Got potential?
    September 16, 2012

One thing that differentiates Western cultures (American) and Arab cultures (Omani) is realising, acknowledging and nurturing ‘potential’: The possibility or capability to become something or someone.

Being myself again
    September 2, 2012

Just as I reached the top of a hill I have dreamt about climbing for years, I slipped and lost my footing. A dark cloud of anger fuelled by a sense of injustice came over me.

Role of Mosques
    July 8, 2012

In changing societies, roles of major institutions need to transform as well, not just to reflect the bigger changes in which they are situated, but also to feed into them and enrich them. One of these institutions is the mosque, whose role in Islamic cultures is misconstrued in both the West and the East.

The Happy Pill Finale
    June 24, 2012

In this finale of The Happy Pill series, as promised, I will discuss the ramifications of the narrative of American writer and photographer John Stines (as published in his book The Happy Pill: Portrait of a Middle-Class Homeowner During the Fallout of Economic Meltdown) for Omani-expatriate relationships.