Al Amana Centre & Noor Majan
What is the Al Amana Centre?
Located near the historic Mutrah Souq in Muscat, the Al Amana Centre has been an integral part of Oman’s modern developmental history and is now at the forefront of Christian-Muslim dialogue and relations. With a heritage spanning over 120 years, the center has been deeply engaged in interfaith cooperation.
In 1893, members of the Reformed Church in America (RCA), with the blessing of Sultan Qaboos, arrived in Muscat to serve the people of Oman. With the help of Omanis, the RCA began a program of medical and educational development. Following the nationalization of Oman’s medical and educational sectors in the 1970s, a new vision emerged in response to the challenges of a world in which tensions between Christians and Muslims were on the rise. The Reformed Church in America encouraged the creation of an ecumenical center to work on building bridges of understanding and cooperation between Muslims and Christians. Al Amana was thus born. Today, the center collaborates with religious, educational, civic, and governmental leaders in Oman to develop programs centered on Christian-Muslim dialogue and relations.
Collaboration: Noor Majan & Al Amana Center
The collaboration between the Al Amana Centre and Noor Majan is founded on the shared belief that increased engagement in language and culture paves the way for mutual understanding and respect. This common perspective has led to the development of a distinctive program that combines intensive language studies with interfaith dialogue.
Students who participate in this program have the opportunity to spend a semester in Muscat with a special focus on exploring Muslim-Christian relations. The Arabic language component of the program is designed to equip students with the necessary skills and confidence to actively engage in interfaith dialogue, while also providing them with a solid cultural foundation.
Noor Majan takes pride in its partnership with the Al Amana Centre and is dedicated to fostering understanding through education and language. By joining forces, the two organizations aim to create a unique learning experience that promotes interfaith dialogue, cultural exchange, and a deepening of mutual respect.
For further details about this program and to learn more about the Al Amana Centre, please visit their website.