1. Talk Sheds Light on IP Rights and Enforcement in the GCC
  2. Students Highlight Importance of Physics to the Economy
  3. Panel Discussion with Deputy Secretary General of Supreme Council for Planning
  4. SQU, ROLACC Sign Agreement to Set up Anti-corruption Chair
  5. SQU Hosts Panel Discussion on Development Planning
  6. Amal Al-Ismaili Wins Enjoia’t Award
  7. SQU and ITA Renew Agreement on Free and Open Source Software
  8. Conference Highlights Population and Sustainable Development
  9. Researchers Use Zebrafish to Study Human Diseases
  10. SQU, Omantel Sign Partnership Agreement
  11. SQU Hosts Oman Collegiate Programming Contest
  12. SQU Hosts Art Education Conference
  13. College of Nursing Celebrates Mental Health Day
  14. Disabilities Unit Project Launched at SQU
  15. Majors Fair 2019 Showcases Courses of Study
  16. Talk Gives Insight into Global Peace and Security
  17. Art Education Conference Concludes
  18. SQU, Oman Shell Partner to Research Agricultural Development
  19. SQU organizes a workshop on the Future of Computing Programs
  20. SQU Hosts Workshop on Future of Computing Programs 
  21. Graduating Engineers’ Challenges in Job Market Discussed
  22. Abandoned Copper Mine in Lasail Leads to Ground Water Contamination
  23. 13th Muscat Securities Market Forum Kicks Off
  24. SQU Gears Up for GCC Students’ Forum
  25. Lecture Highlights Evolution of Judiciary in Oman
  26. Muscat Securities Market Forum Kicks off
  27. 6th Arab International Child Abuse and Neglect Conference Held
  28. SQU Holds Induction Program for New Employees
  29. VC Receives US Academician
  30. Workshop for Internal Institutional Quality Audit Held
  31. National Bioethics Committee Meets at SQU
  32. ISPCAN International Congress Kicks off
  33. SQU Organizes Orientation Program for Postgraduate Students
  34. DPS Holds Orientation Program for Postgraduate Students
  35. NDC Delegation Received
  36. Trial Platform for Massive Open Online Courses Launched
  37. SQU receives new students
  38. SQU Student Project on 3D Printer Earns Praise
  39. Experts from SQU Come up with Book on Clinical Biochemistry
  40. Recognition for Book on Food and Huntington’s disease
  41. ICT Technologies: SQU, Huawei Sign Letter of Agreement
  42. SQU Receives 3070 Students
  43. Oman’s First CubeSat Project at SQU
  44. International Accreditation for SQU’s LL.B. Program
  45. SQU Celebrates Renaissance Day
  46. Summer School: Exhibition Features 4IR  
  47. SQU, Omantel Join Hands to Foster Innovation in Oman
  48. Honor for SQU Nurse Educator
  49. Research Groups at SQU Serve Oman’s Sustainable Development Goals
  50. Solar Electric Cars: SQU, Nafath Renewable Energy Join Hands
  51. SQU to Offer PhD in Information Systems
  52. Global Honour for CPS Academician
  53. “Young Explorer” Program to Hone Skills of School Students
  54. QS: SQU Ranked 379 Globally
  55. SQU, Oman Equestrian Federation Sign Cooperation Program
  56. CIS Unveils New Systems and Services
  57. Foundation Stone Laid for MEGA Service Station on Campus
  58. Study Proposes Design Framework of Small Private Online Courses
  59. Annual Trip 2019: Students Set Off to Europe
  60. Global Citizen Award for Dr. Khalaf
  61. Dr. Jokha Al Harthi Wins Man Booker Prize 2019
  62. An Engineer’s Reminiscence of the Construction of SQU
  63. SQU, Ministry of Information, PART Joint Committee Meets
  64. ICE Recognition for Civil Engineering Program
  65. “Demo Day 2019” Highlights Final Year Projects
  66. SQU, Armed Forces Medical Services Sign Cooperation Program
  67. SQU Hosts Seminar on Japanese Scholarships for Students
  68. Forum Highlights Role of Islamic Banks
  69. SQU, ‘inma’ Sign Cooperation Program
  70. Researchers Develop Innovative Nanocoatings for Water Desalination
  71. SQU Celebrates the 19th University Day
  72. His Majesty’s Trust Fund for Seven Research Projects
  73. SQU Celebrates Anniversary of His Majesty’s Visit
  74. Abu Dhabi Research Competition: SQU Project Bags Second Place
  75. SQU, Taiwanese University Discuss Ties
  76. Oman FOSS Platform Launched
  77. SQU Council Approves Proposals
  78. Open House of SQU’s Research Centers
  79. Pak University Explores Ties with SQU
  80. SQU, HUAWEI Discuss Long-term Multifaceted Links
  81. SQU to Offer Turkish Language Course
  82. ECE Students Visit Oman Data Park
  83. Emirati Philanthropist Juma Al Majid Visits SQU
  84. Student Group Holds Animal and Veterinary Sciences Forum
  85. SQU Holds Panel Discussion on National Project on Teaching Profession
  86. Students Showcase Skills in Civil & Architectural Engineering
  87. Spotlight on Research Centers’ Accomplishments
  88. 323 Outstanding Students Honored
  89. ECE Dept. Holds Retreat to Discuss Accreditation
  90. Forum Highlights Translation in the Digital Age
  91. SQU Hosts Lecture by Famous MIT Scientist-Entrepreneur
  92. SQU Organizes 2nd Student Research Conference
  93. SQU Holds National Workshop on BA English Program
  94. “Art is for everyone”
  95. Spotlight on Student Research
  96. Forum Discusses Digital Leadership in Information Sector
  97. Vice Chancellor Concludes Visit to Australia
  98. SQU, Jusoor, Orpic Sign Cooperation Program
  99. Conference Focuses on Innovative Approaches in ELT
  100. 8th GCC College Games: SQU Bags Eight Medals
  101. IoT Lab Opened at SQU
  102. Symposium to Promote Research in Mathematical Modelling
  103. 49 Projects on Display at 9th Engineering Forum
  104. Student Group Pilots Aquaculture of Ornamental Fish Variety
  105. Training Workshop on Trade Ideas Kicks Off
  106. SQU Hosts Workshop on Ethics of Research Involving Human Subjects
  107. Occidental of Oman Funds Equipment for SQU’s SERC
  108. Gulf Programming Contest Kicks Off
  109. Student Group Holds Biomedical Science Exhibition
  110. IBA 2019 Contest: SQU Team Bags First Place
  111. Czech Republic Senate President Visits SQU
  112. SQU Hosts Omani Moot Court Competition
  113. Project to Study Aversion Towards Teaching Profession
  114. Czech Senate President Visits SQU
  115. Conference Discusses Reality and Challenges of Student Affairs
  116. New Disease Threatens Citrus Trees in Oman
  117. SQU Staff Authors Biochemistry Lab Manual
  118. SQU, MRMWR Mark World Water Day
  119. SQU, MoAF Joint Committee Meets
  120. Brains Innovation Summits Official Meets VC
  121. AQAS Accreditation for Two Departments
  122. Independent Learning Centre Officially Launched
  123. Wooden Bridge Competition: Students Bring Home Accolades
  124. Conference Discusses Updates in Neurology and Related Fields
  125. Chief Engineer of SQU Project Revisits the University
  126. SQU to Set up Research Centers in Duqm
  127. SQU Organizes LAMAD Forum on Food Technology
  128. ‘Lamad’ Event Showcases Food Technology Research
  129. CoE Holds Symposium on Renewable Energy Systems Technology
  130. College of Nursing Marks International Day of Happiness
  131. Event Sheds Light on Institutional Arbitration
  132. SQU, Ministry of Education Sign Cooperation Program
  133. Researchers Produce Fish and Vegetables in Aquaponics System
  134. Business Week Highlights Impact of 4IR on Economy
  135. Zero Emission Campus: Field Survey Ends
  136. Conference on “Terms in Arabic: Issues and Prospects
  137. Meaningful Partnership in Islamic Studies
  138. Omanis Strongly Favor Locally Produced Food Products
  139. Oman Mathematics Committee Marks International Day of Mathematics
  140. Dr. Jokha Al Harthi on List for Top Global Literary Award
  141. Engineering Students’ Graduation Project Wins Accolades
  142. SQU, Military Technological College Sign Cooperation Program
  143. Nelson Mandela Remembered
  144. SQU Hosts Forum on Research Projects Funded by HM Trust Fund
  145. SQU Organizes Conference on “Terms in Arabic: Issues and Prospects”
  146. Workshop to Hone Jobseekers’ Skills in Port Logistics
  147. SQU Organizes Career & Training Fair 2019
  148. Zero Emission Campus: SQU Partners with German Institute
  149. Turkish Foundation, SQU to Establish Ties
  150. National Bioethics Committee Meets
  151. University of Tübingen Seeks Ties with SQU
  152. 55 Institutions Participate in SQU Career & Training Fair 2019
  153. SQU Hosts 21st ISANH Redox Congress
  154. SQU Organizes Forum on Leadership and Decision Making
  155. SQU Delegation Concludes Its Visit South Africa
  156. SQU, BP Oman Officials Review BP Fund Research Grants
  157. “Standards Vital in Ensuring Quality and Safety”
  158. Forum Highlights Leadership and Decision Making
  159. SQU Hosts International Workshop on Natural Hazards
  160. Cardiff University Seeks Ties with SQU
  161. Poster on Tokophobia Wins Accolades
  162. SQU at Muscat International Book fair
  163. Workshop on Performance Measurement Program
  164. 3rd ICAOG Discusses Advances in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  165. SQU at Muscat Book Fair
  166. ELT Conference on 11 and 12 April
  167. Focus on Floriculture
  168. Mazaya Exhibition Showcases Special Offers for Employees
  169. Tenth Agricultural Festival Launched
  170. Chemical Engineering Forum Held
  171. SQU organizes The 4th Conference of Free and Open Source Software 2019
  172. Student Group Holds Used Book Fair at Muscat City Centre
  173. SQU’s Rebranded Media Identity Turns 1
  174. Efforts to Support FOSS in the Sultanate Hailed
  175. Technical Forum Features Student Projects
  176. FOSSC 2019 Oman Kicks off
  177. SQU Honours 520 Outstanding Students
  178. College of Engineering Receives IAESTE Award
  179. Conference to Highlight Issues Related to Population in the Sultanate
  180. 1st International Conference on Unnamed Vehicle Systems
  181. SQU Hosts IFMSA Regional Meet
  182. “Political Factor is the Top Element that Affects the Price of Oil”
  183. “UVS-Oman 2019” Concludes
  184. Webometrics: SQU Ranked 1353 Globally
  185. Study Chronicles Characteristics of Illicit Drug Users Seeking Detox
  186. SQU Organizes 3rd Media Family Forum
  187. SQU’s Organic Kale Sets an Example
  188. Research Centre Receives German Student Delegation
  189. Agriculture, Fisheries Development: SQU, FAO Sign LoU
  190. Empowering Students in the Foundation Programs
  191. 95 Students Attend Winter Program for School Students
  192. SQU Organizes Technology Camp for Kids
  193. Support for Global Learning
  194. SQU, UW–Eau Claire to Boost Ties
  195. SQU, University of South Australia to Promote Cooperation
  196. SQU Receives Houston-Clear Lake Delegation
  197. University Tower Hall Opened
  198. Independent Learning Centre Workshop Concludes
  199. SQU Tower Hall Launched
  200. Council Approves Name Change of Academic Departments
  201. SQU organizes football championship.
  202. SQU Staff Football Championship Concludes
  203. Green Climate Readiness Support: SQU, FAO Sign LoA
  204. National Bioethics Committee Meets
  205. SQU Honors Turkish Students
  206. SQU holds the 2nd Customer Services Forum
  207. Forum Highlights Digital Transformation of Customer Services
  208. CAMS Workshop Addresses Whitefly Management in Tomato
  209. SQU-Institute of Public Admn. Committee Meets
  210. Information Systems Computer Lab Launched at CEPS
  211. Researchers Present Progress of Internal Grant-Funded Projects
  212. SQU Mobile App Launched
  213. MSF Hosts Workshop on Seafloor Mapping Technique
  214. On-Campus Fuel Station, Shopping Mall Planned
  215. SQU Organizes 5th Alumni Day
  216. 5th Alumni Day Held
  217. Springboard Program: SQU Teams Bring Accolades
  218. SQU Celebrates World Arabic Language Day
  219. SQU Signs Letter of Intent with Salalah Methanol
  220. SQU Holds Training Program in Logistics and Supply Chain in Aviation Sector
  221. SQU, Omantel Joint Committee Meets
  222. Workshop for Internal Audit Panel Members Held
  223. Main Library Organizes (Awalem) Event
  224. CEPS Gets EQUIS Accreditation
  225. Best Sports College Award: New Initiative to Promote Sports
  226. Smoke Emissions from Shinas Copper Mine Due to Sulphide Combustion
  227. SQU, NFRCEC to Tie-up on Research
  228. SQU Hosts 2nd Blockchain Symposium
  229. SQU Hosts MEACR Annual Meet
  230. Dr. Ahmed Al Salman Elected as Fellow of TWAS
  231. Opportunities in Future Technologies
  232. SQU and the GULF 3 International Conference
  233. Need for More Mental Health Services for the Young
  234. Sustainability through Reuse Centre
  235. CAMS Hosts International Workshop on Innovative Marine Management
  236. SQU Celebrates World Soil Day; International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  237. SQU Marks International Day for Persons with Disabilities
  238. Start-ups Should Address Social Problems: Dr. Belgacem Haba
  239. SQU, RAP-Green Sign Cooperation Agreement
  240. SQU Hosts the 4th Science & Technology Exchange Program
  241. SQU organizes the 1st open day for Student exchange
  242. Public Speaking Contest: Student Teams Win Third Place
  243. SQU Academician Wins L’Oréal-UNESCO Fellowship
  244. Oman’s Trade Potential with IORA Member States
  245. University of Denver Explores Ties with SQU
  246. SQU, Charles University to Boost Ties
  247. “Your University Celebrates” 48th National Day
  248. SQU Celebrates 29th Graduation Ceremony of the Scientific Colleges
  249. Counselling Psychology Conference Kicks Off
  250. Workshop Discusses Outcomes of Mango, Lime Diseases Research
  251. 1303 Students from Scientific Colleges Graduate
  252. Medical and Nursing Graduates Take Oath
  253. Big turnout at “Walk for Your Health” Walkathon
  254. SQU organizes Japan’s open day
  255. Utilizing Drilling Waste in Cement Industry Ensures Sustainability
  256. SQU Celebrates Omani Women’s Day
  257. Growth in Demand for IP Right is a Good Indicator
  258. SQU Hosts Japan Day
  259. Prof. Sabah Bags Qatar Green Research Award
  260. SQU celebrates 29th graduation ceremony (humanities Colleges)
  261. CSD, RMO Holds Workshop on Operational Risk
  262. SQU Wins OER Power Brands 2018 Award
  263. SQU, IDO Holding Sign Research and Innovation Cooperation Program
  264. Conference Highlights Frankincense and Medicinal Plants Research
  265. 1651 Students Receive Their Degrees at Inspiring Graduation Ceremony
  266. Saudi University Explores Ties with SQU
  267. Humanities Students to Celebrate Graduation Today
  268. Daytime Sleepiness Common among Young Omani Drivers
  269. International Award for Dean of College of Education
  270. Omani-French Friendship Association Honors Dr. Kamla Al Busaidi
  271. SQU to Teach Students Values, Rights and Responsibilities as Citizens
  272. Lakehead University Delegation Visits SQU
  273. SQU to Host Middle East Cancer Research Association Meeting
  274. Educational Psychology Faculty Holds Research Forum
  275. Latest developments in research and postgraduate studies highlighted
  276. Spotlight on Oman’s Maritime Heritage
  277. Lakehead University Seeks Ties with SQU
  278. NBC Holds Panel Discussion on Ethics in Research and Publication
  279. SQU Hosts WIPO-Oman Summer School
  280. Muscat Finance Extends Support for Research and Innovation at SQU
  281. ACM-OCPC: SQU Teams Bag First and Third Prizes
  282. Climate Impacts on Water Resources
  283. SQU Organizes Oman Collegiate Programing Contest
  284. 29th Graduation Ceremony on 28 Oct, 11 Nov
  285. Student Group Marks World Food Day 2018
  286. Conference Highlights Trends in Innovative Mathematics Curriculum
  287. SQU This Week
  288. European IT Security Advisor Visits SQU
  289. Award for Excellence in Child Health Nursing
  290. Repeat Migration of bar-tailed godwits wintering at Barr Al Hikman
  291. Conference Stresses on Sport and Sustainable Development
  292. Outstanding Scientist Award for Nurse Educator
  293. Forum Highlights Student Counselling Services
  294. SQU This Week
  295. Forum Highlights Machine Learning in Remote Sensing
  296. New Book Explores Link between Food and Huntington’s disease
  297. Majors Fair 2018: Spotlight on 60 Academic Majors
  298. UNESCO-APCEIU Chief Visits SQU
  299. Oman Does Exceedingly Well in Student Exchange
  300. THE: SQU Enters World’s Top Universities’ List
  301. SQU This Week
  302. SQU Hosts Dinner in Honor of New Staff
  303. CEPS Gets One Step Closer to Accreditation
  304. SQU, NRAA Approve Private Records Management System
  305. Forum Highlights Remote Sensing Applications in Physical Oceanography
  306. SQU, Starcare Hospital Join Hands for Nursing Training, Research
  307. SQU, University of Nizwa Prepare for Conference on Frankincense
  308. SQU This Week
  309. SQU, Oman Munition Production Company Sign Cooperation Program
  310. The Sultanate, Represented by SQU, Joins UNESCO IGCP
  311. Bioethics Committee Discusses International Legislation on Paternity
  312. DPS Holds Orientation Day for New Postgraduate Students 
  313. Career Guidance: SQU, Ooredoo Sign Cooperation Program
  314. Nanotechnology Helps Extend Shelf Life of Local Vegetables
  315. A New Centre for Innovation & Technology Transfer
  316. Student Council Election: Nominations Open on 10 Sept
  317. SQU, ‘be’ah’ Join Hands to Set up Reuse Centre
  318. Experts Lead SQU Training Course on Sustainable Energy
  319. Conference on Frankincense and Medicinal Plants in October
  320. SQU This Week
  321. SQU and Petrofac sign Sponsorship Agreement
  322. Ways to Make Farming More Sustainable
  323. SQU Marks Renaissance Day
  324. Ways to Make Math Fun for Kids
  325. Prerequisites for Significant Learning
  326. Omani Studies Centre Team Visits Brunei
  327. Conference to Address Research Management
  328. Cooperation Program to Promote Date Palm Sector in Oman
  329. SQU, Orpic Sign LoA for Funding Engineering Design Lab
  330. Dead Zones of the Western Arabian Sea
  331. Conference to Address All Aspects of Unmanned Vehicle Systems
  332. SQU Gets Patent for New Antimicrobial Formula
  333. SQU Council Approves Center for Innovation & Technology Transfer
  334. SQU Signs Cooperation Agreement with Muscat Securities Market
  335. Information Systems Students ‘Capture’ the Cybersecurity Flag
  336. SQU This Week
  337. SQU, Al Buraimi Solar Energy Systems Sign Cooperation Program
  338. SQU, Oman Oil Marketing Company Sign Sponsorship Agreement
  339. “Anwaar Ramadhan” Exhibition Features Pics of the Past
  340. Association of Arab Universities Executive Council Meets at SQU
  341. CAMS Academic’s Book Deals with Food Microbial Analyses
  342. SQU This Week
  343. Forum on Future Media Discusses Media Sector Challenges
  344. SQU This Week
  345. SQU Hosts Pearl Initiative Award Ceremony
  346. Huge Enthusiasm for Blockchain Technology in Oman
  347. First Phase of Solar Parking Shades Opened
  348. MSF Students Visit Oman Aquarium Project
  349. Nursing Students Urge Evidence-based Maternity Care Practice
  350. Project Examines Population Structures of Spiny Lobster along Oman’s Coastline
  351. Workshop Sheds Light on “Integration of Technology into Nursing Education”
  352. New Patent for Invention based on “Therapeutic Composition for Treating Gangrene”
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  354. HMTF Projects 2018 Announced
  355. 18th SQU Day Celebrated with Grandeur
  356. SQU Signs Research Cooperation Program with OAPGRC
  357. SQU Organizes First Aid Workshop for School Children
  358. New Assessment Unit Facility at CPS
  359. Statistics to become Independent Department at SQU
  360. Dr. Mona Al Said Receives Charles University’s Gold Medal
  361. SQU This Week
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  363. Workshop Highlights Nutritional Antioxidants Therapy
  364. Academics Co-edit Volume on Cancer Prevention and Treatments
  365. Power Station and Transmission Lab Opened
  366. Conference Focuses on Law, Economic and Social Transformations
  367. SQU Marks Biomedical Laboratory Science Day
  368. SQU, RUDN University to Boost Ties
  369. Commercially Valuable Bioproducts from Waste Paper
  370. Forum Highlights Role of Information Specialists in Smart Society
  371. IS Department Holds Industry Advisory Board Meeting
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  374. The Earthquake Monitoring Center and Seismic Hazard Studies in the Sultanate
  375. Research Workshops and Training Held
  376. The Story of a Lighting Revolution
  377. Patent for “Method of Making an Ajwa Date-Based Treatment for Snake Envenomation”
  378. SQU Holds the First Students’ Conference for Scientific Research
  379. Engineering Students Projects on Display
  380. SQU Hosts National Conference on Civil & Architectural Engineering
  381. SQU, Ministry Mark World Water Day 2018
  382. Forum Deliberates Business Intelligence and Big Data Analysis
  383. SQU-Ministry of Higher Education Joint Committee Meets
  384. Forum Addresses Soil System as Foundation of Food Security
  385. Framework for Making Oman an Innovation Hub
  386. CETL Official Opening Held
  387. SQU, University of Nizwa to Enhance Ties
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  389. SQU Receives Egyptian Minister of Higher Education
  390. SQU Team Wins Robot Championship
  391. Conference Discusses Risk Management Practices
  392. Institutional Accreditation
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  394. SQU Launches its New Media Identity
  395. Neuroprotective Effects of Plant Extracts
  396. Technical Festival Features 20 ICT Projects
  397. ICT Accessibility: Oman Well-positioned to Continue Playing a Leading Role
  398. SQU Team Makes Breakthrough in Breast Cancer Research
  399. Sensor-activated Taps Most Effective for Saving Water
  400. Study Underscores the Need for Stronger School-University Partnerships
  401. Study Identifies Factors Impeding Entrepreneurial Growth in Oman
  402. OCMB Hosts Frontiers in Marine Biotechnology Conference
  403. SQU Council Approves Master’s Program in Psychological Counselling
  404. Nursing Conference Focuses on Technology and Innovation
  405. Microbial Fuel Cells: A Promising Energy Source
  406. Researcher Prepares Database of Aquatic Plants in Wadis
  407. Blended Learning Approach Can Tackle Transitional Academic Challenges
  408. Medical Research Centre to Focus on Themes Relevant to Oman

Dr. Jokha Mohammed Al Harthi, became the first female Omani novelist, to win the Man Booker International prize for her novel Celestial Bodies, the award committee has informed on Wednesday, 22 May 2019. Al Harthi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Arabic Language & Literature of the College of Arts & Social Sciences at SQU. She studied classical Arabic poetry at Edinburgh University. Al Harthi, the OMR25,000 award’s first winner to write in Arabic, shares the prize equally with her translator, American academic Marilyn Booth.

The book Celestial Bodies tells of family connections and history in the coming-of-age account of three Omani sisters. It is set against the backdrop of an evolving Oman, which is slowly redefining itself after the colonial era, at the crossroads of its complex present.

The Guardian commented that its “glimpses into a culture relatively little known in the west are fascinating’ and The National said ‘it mark[s] the arrival of a major literary talent… a densely woven, deeply imagined tour de force.”

Celestial Bodies was selected by a panel of five judges, chaired by Bettany Hughes, award-winning historian, author and broadcaster, and made up of writer, translator and chair of English PEN Maureen Freely; philosopher Professor Angie Hobbs; novelist and satirist Elnathan John and essayist and novelist Pankaj Mishra.

Chair of judges for the prize, historian Bettany Hughes said: “Through the different tentacles of people’s lives and loves and losses we come to learn about this society – all its degrees, from the very poorest of the slave families working there to those making money through the advent of a new wealth in Oman and Muscat. It starts in a room and ends in a world.

“We felt we were getting access to ideas and thoughts and experiences you aren’t normally given in English. It avoids every stereotype you might expect in its analysis of gender and race and social distinction and slavery. There are surprises throughout. We fell in love with it.”

Celestial Bodies was selected from an almost entirely female and independently published shortlist to win the award, which goes to the finest work of translated fiction from around the world. Al Harthi saw off competition from writers including former winner Olga Tokarczuk, acclaimed French author Annie Ernaux and Colombia’s Juan Gabriel Vásquez.

Hughes said the judges had loved “the subtle artistry” of Al Harthi’s novel. “It’s less flamboyant than some of the other books, there’s a kind of poetic cunning to it. It starts feeling like a domestic drama in a fascinating world, but with the layers of philosophy, psychology and poetry, you are drawn into the prose, through the relationship between the characters. It encouraged us to read in a slightly different way.”

In an interview after the novel was longlisted, Booth said she was delighted that the award was bringing Omani literature to the attention of a wider audience. But she added that Arabic fiction had a tendency to be seen as “a road map to the Arab world rather than first and foremost as art, as imaginative writing, pushing the boundaries of what can be thought and said”.

“What one really learns here ‘about the Arab world’ is that there are amazing fictionalists … throughout the region, not only in the better-known hubs of literary creation such as Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Morocco and many other places, but in a country that is less literarily mapped, like Oman,” said Booth. “And perhaps what one learns most is how alike they are in their dailiness, human exchange and emotions, and how societies that might appear so different are really so very much alike.”

Celestial Bodies is published by Inverness’s Sandstone Press and is its first venture into Arabic literature. Al Harthi, who has written two other novels, two short-story collections and a children’s book, and has been translated into languages including German, Italian, Korean and Serbian, said she hoped Celestial Bodies would help “international readers discover that Oman has an active and talented writing community who live and work for their art”.

Before learning she had won, the author added: “They take on sacrifices and struggles and find joy in writing, or in art, much the same way as anywhere else. This is something the whole world has in common. Omanis, through their writing, invite others to look at Oman with an open mind and heart. No matter where you are, love, loss, friendship, pain and hope are the same feelings and humanity still has a lot of work to do to believe in this truth.”

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