Times of Oman
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Khanjar (Dagger): Truly "Iconic" Omani emblem
February 27, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Muscat Festival 2013. Photo - Sultana Kamal / Times of Oman

Muscat: The khanjar is truly an "iconic" Omani emblem. The Omani 'khanjar' is the traditional, defensive dagger worn on a belt by Omani men as a symbol of authority. Civic dignitaries, government officials, scholars, religious clergy, and VIPs wear khanjar as a class symbol. It also appears on the flag of Oman, as part of the national emblem.

Muscat Festival 2013. Photo - Sultana Kamal / Times of Oman

"Khanjar is a very valuable hand-made symbol. It is used not only as a type of formal dress item but also for stylistic purposes," Ghulam Mohammad Saleh, a retired Omani major, explained to Times of Oman during a visit to the crafts industries section of Muscat Festival in Al Amerat Park. He added that drawing the khanjar from its sheath is a social taboo and men would only do that if they sought revenge or self-defence.

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