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

Social Media and Change?
    July 10, 2011

Since the 'Arab Spring' started, there has been talk first in international media circles and later locally about the role that social media websites such as Facebook or Twitter have played in igniting current reforms in the Middle East.

Now that we have addressed the issue of unemployment, I would like to tackle the second most important issue facing Omanis - educational and health services.

Facing Facts: Unemployment II
    May 30, 2011

For my second piece for Muscat Daily, I was planning to continue what I had started in my inaugural essay and face more facts this time related to education and health care in the spirit of becoming the change we seek, as movingly postulated by Gandhi.

Facing Facts: Unemployment
    May 17, 2011

Not long ago, I published an invited essay in the New York Times regarding the protests and related events in Oman. The essay was titled 'From Oman, with love.' The exposition, to my joy and relief, was received warmly by Westerners, especially Americans – expatriates and tourists – and by Omanis alike.