Najma-al Zidjaly
    Najma  al Zidjaly

    We Need to Talk

    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

We Need To Talk
    June 24, 2014

One characteristic that desperately needs to be rewired in Omanis - the absence of which is detrimental personally, socially and internationally - is lack of social responsibility. Such responsibility includes personal, moral, and environmental components.

We are different
    June 10, 2014

When you work in the field of intercultural communication, you recognise, sooner or later, that Oman is different from all other Arab and Western countries.

Only in Oman
    May 13, 2014

This week’s essay is a summary of a brainstorming activity from my Language and Culture class which I teach to Omani students at Sultan Qaboos University.

Lessons learned
    April 15, 2014

This is a list of some of the key lessons I have learned over the years from spiritual and self-development books; attending higher-self programs; my own research on intercultural communication; and through hard, personal experiences.

WhatsApp Arabs?
    April 1, 2014

The questions of who Arabs are and what constitutes an Arab identity are, at best, bewildering and, at worst, obsolete.