Perceptions of Indians in Oman: Exploring aspects of intercultural communication

Sandhya Rao Mehta, Ayesha Heble

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Abstract

This chapter addresses the notion that intercultural communication is a pivotal aspect of contemporary society, not only as an academic pursuit but also as a practical, lived experience. Tracing the literature of intercultural communication in the Arab world, this study focuses on prevalent perceptions towards Indians by the Omani youth, particularly university students whose access to the “other” is, very often, more common and pronounced. The study attempts to assess and understand the relationship which the Indian expatriate community has with the host society of Omanis, given the historical relations between these two groups of people. A questionnaire was given to students and interviews were conducted with three professors of Sultan Qaboos University in order to gauge social perceptions as well as general awareness of young Omanis towards Indians. While major gaps appear to exist between them, there seems to be an acceptance and desire for further opportunities, which would enable a more effective relationship between these two communities. Within the university, exposure to literature, history, and language through interdisciplinary courses in cultural studies could be more effectively used to expose students to the richness of intercultural experiences, thus bringing Omani students closer to their Indian neighbors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntercultural Communication with Arabs
Subtitle of host publicationStudies in Educational, Professional and Societal Contexts
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Pages27-39
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9789812872548
ISBN (Print)9789812872531
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2015

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Keywords

  • Indian diaspora Students
  • Indians in Oman
  • Intercultural communication
  • Sultan Qaboos University

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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Mehta, S. R., & Heble, A. (2015). Perceptions of Indians in Oman: Exploring aspects of intercultural communication. In Intercultural Communication with Arabs: Studies in Educational, Professional and Societal Contexts (pp. 27-39). Springer Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-254-8_3