Muscat – The National Museum began a display of the manuscript Collection of proses in marine sciences by the Omani navigator Shihab al Din Ahmad bin Majid as Sa’adi, on Monday.
The collection (Al Safaliyah, Al Mu’allaqiyah and Al Ta’i) has been made available through a cooperation between the National Museum and the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts in Saint Petersburg in the Russian Federation.
The inauguration was held in the Maritime History Hall of the National Museum under the patronage of H E Salim bin Mohammad al Mahrooqi, Minister of Heritage and Tourism, and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Museum, in the presence of Prof Dr Irina Fyodorvna Popova, director of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts in St Petersburg.
Jamal bin Hassan al Moosawi, secretary general of the National Museum, said, “The presentation of the original manuscript by Shihab al Din Ahmad bin Majid as Sa’adi comes in the context of the existing cooperation between the National Museum and the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts in the Russian Federation.”
This exhibition also coincides with the sultanate’s celebration of Unesco’s inclusion of Ahmed bin Majid in the list of globally influential personalities.
The manuscript on display is considered one of the oldest in the world, and will be on display to all visitors to the National Museum for a period of three months.
The National Museum also displays Ahmed bin Majid’s manuscript Book of the Benefits of the Principles and Foundations of Seamanship loaned from the Al Assad National Library in the Syrian Arab Republic.
On the occasion, Prof Dr Irina said, “In history, the name Ahmad bin Majid is very important. He left a collection of poems that represent his maritime exploits which still exists in the manuscript form that are collected and kept in the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts in St Petersburg Russia. The poems summarise his navigation in the Indian Ocean, where he taught Europeans a lot in marine navigation.”