Malé, Maldives – President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has requested students to study and research the Maldivian history and heritage.
Speaking at a ceremony held at the President’s Office to unveil the Dhivehi translation of Al-Ghazi Hassan Thaajuddeen’s book “Tarikh Islam Diba Mahal” (translated: Islamic History of the Maldive Islands), President Solih stated that our local culture and history were essential for national welfare.
Describing the publication as a historical treasure, President Solih remarked that it is also an indispensable trove of information and insight into our country’s long and vibrant background for students and researchers alike.
“Tarikh Islam Diba Mahal”, which was initially written in Arabic, is the earliest surviving history of the Maldives and the first such publication composed by a local historian. It is a historical record and a cache of valuable life lessons and social insight, he said.
President Solih asked schools and universities to delve into comprehensive research on our nation’s history and support their students to do the same in partnership with the Dhivehi Bahuge Academy on studying and researching the country’s history.
He also highlighted the importance of primary sources in history, which document events as they happen, subsequently giving precedence to secondary sources, an unbiased and accurate retelling of accounts by other historians.