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Indian Embassy in Muscat hosts fourth lecture of 'Mandvi to Muscat’ series

Indian Embassy in Muscat hosts fourth lecture of Mandvi to Muscat’ series

Professor James Onley speaking at the lecture series organized by the Embassy of India in Muscat

Muscat: The Embassy of India in Muscat recently organized the fourth edition of its lecture series, titled "From Mandvi to Muscat: Indian Community and the Shared History of India and Oman.", The American University Sharjah Professor and the renowned historian, Mr. James Onley took the podium to deliver a captivating lecture, shedding light on the topic "India and Arabia: Connections across Millennia."

During the lecture, Professor James Onley intricately explored various facets of maritime trade between India and the Gulf and uncovered ancient trade links that have significantly shaped historical narratives. He provided insights into the complex dynamics of Gulf-India trade, emphasizing the impact of Gulf imports from India before the oil era and their integration into Gulf material culture. Professor Onley also delved into the historical presence and interactions of Indian and Arab communities in both the Gulf and India, highlighting the cultural exchanges that have left an indelible mark on the region's heritage.

The central theme of the lecture revolved around the concept of 'Cultural Cousins,' where Professor James highlighted the cultural kinship between Indians and Arabs, with a particular emphasis on the close cultural ties between Indians and Omanis. The lecture garnered enthusiastic participation from a diverse audience, including members of the Indian community, Omanis of Indian origin, scholars and distinguished guests.

During the event, Mr. Munir Toprani from the Toprani Family shared a personal narrative detailing his family's historical journey, mentioning their significant contributions to strengthening the ties between India and Oman. His account added a personal touch to the broader narrative of Indo-Omani relations, resonating deeply with the audience. Events of this nature play a pivotal role in promoting cultural exchange and enhancing bilateral ties between India and Oman.

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