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Collection of Omani legal texts donated to the University

Tuesday 20 June 2017

On Friday 26 May we were delighted to welcome His Excellency Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Zahir Al Hinai, Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to the Court of St James, to the University of St Andrews. The Ambassador was greeted by the Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sally Mapstone, Professor Mario I Aguilar, School of Divinity, and by his cousin, Mohammed Al-Hinai who is currently completing a PhD at the Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics (CSRP) at St Andrews.

During his visit the Ambassador made a formal presentation to the University of a full collection of specially printed constitutional texts donated by His Excellency Al Hinai of Muscat – the Ambassador’s uncle and Mohammed Al-Hinai’s cousin.

The collection includes Qamoos Al Shariah (The Shariah Encyclopaedia); Al Musannaf; Al Dhiya; The Omani Encyclopaedia; The Omani Legislation Encyclopaedia; The Stars Encyclopaedia: Agricultural and Maritime; Al-Ibanah, and the compendium of International Law in the Ibadi jurisprudence.

As a result of the donation, the University now owns the only such collection of Omani legal texts within the UK.

Omani visit

From left to right: Professor Mario I Aguilar; John MacColl, University Librarian & Director of Library Services; His Excellency Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Zahir Al Hinai, Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman; Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sally Mapstone and Mohammed Al-Hinai

Omani visit

The Ambassador and the Principal discuss one of the texts from the collection


Photo credit: Oli Walker