Abu Dhabi: «The Gulf»
Yesterday, Thursday, the Zayed Center for Studies and Research of the Emirates Heritage Club organized a virtual lecture at the start of its 2022 cultural season entitled “Reading in the History of Southeast Arabia through Arab and Islamic Sources” presented by Dr. Hamad bin Sarai, Professor of History at UAE University. The discussion is Dr. Mohamed Fateh Zagl, researcher at the Zayed Center for Studies and Research.
Badr Al Amiri, Managing Director of the Zayed Center for Studies and Research, said that this lecture is the first of the center’s new cultural season, which we hope will add to the Emirati cultural movement.
Dr. said. Hamad bin Sarai: “The history of the Arab Gulf region has become the focus of the attention and attention of researchers and specialized scholars after the organized and successive archaeological discoveries since the mid-twentieth century until now. In pre-Islamic history, historians have been interested in the results of archaeological investigations to obtain what supports their viewpoint in knowing the discovered archaeological sites and identifying their inhabitants, especially the pre-Islamic period.
Ibn Sarai pointed out that attributing the construction of ancient cities to the prophets and messengers, peace be upon them, then attributing it to the saints and the righteous, and sometimes attributing it to people steeped in antiquity, confers a kind of sanctity, prestige and chronological antiquity to these cities.
The lecturer presented a number of examples that indicate the absence of an origin for these names, stressing that they depend on myths and genealogies that are unrealistic and have nothing to do with the truth, especially when the newsmen, narrators, and storytellers do not have an explanation for these names and do not understand their meaning and meaning. In general, many of the names of geographical places are not explained, or rather there is no known reason for them, except in the cases of the landforms of these places.