|The First Art Newspaper on the Net
||Established in 1996
|| Tuesday, September 27, 2016
|Bosnia opens The Gazi Husrev-beg library housing ancient Islamic manuscripts |
A view of an old manuscript on display during the re-opening ceremony of the Gazi Husrev-bey library in Sarajevo, on January 15, 2014. Bosnia opened today a new library to house its ancient Islamic manuscripts, which were saved from destruction during the 1992-1995 war by residents who hid them in eight different locations. Sarajevo re-opened the 477-year old library, containing the largest collection of oriental books and manuscripts in South-Eastern Europe, after it was rebuilt with the financial help from Qatar. AFP PHOTO / ELVIS BARUKCIC.
SARAJEVO (AFP).- Bosnia opened Wednesday a new library to house its ancient Islamic manuscripts, which were saved from destruction during the 1992-1995 war by residents who hid them in eight different locations.
The Gazi Husrev-beg library houses more than 100,000 items, the oldest being an Arabic-language handwritten manuscript dating to 1106.
During the 1990s inter-ethnic war in Bosnia and siege of Sarajevo, the collection had been hidden, with 500 of the most valuable manuscripts and books locked up in a bank vault.
To eliminate the threat that the items could one day be lost, "all manuscripts are digitised and copies are saved at three different places around the world," said Ahmed Alibasic, who chairs the library's management board.
About 60 percent of the collection are in Arabic while 30 percent are in Turkish.
"The knowledge is a gift from God and our task is to transfer it," Bosnia's grand mufti Husein Kavazovic said at an official opening ceremony, attended also by Qatar's Minister for Religion and Islamic affairs Ghaith Bin Mubarak Al-Kuwari.
Qatar donated some $8.8 million (6.5 million euros) towards the construction of the library, which is named after one of Sarajevo's founders who had constructed the first library in the Bosnian capital in 1537.
Bosnia was part of the Ottoman Empire from 1463 to 1878 and more than 40 percent of its 3.8 million inhabitants are Muslims.
© 1994-2014 Agence France-Presse
January 17, 2014
Bosnia opens The Gazi Husrev-beg library housing ancient Islamic manuscripts
Major Abstract painting by Gerhard Richter to lead Sotheby's Contemporary Art Evening Sale
Fragments of human bones help investigators to determine that Mexicas practiced cannibalism
Bernard Jacobson Gallery continues its exploration of Robert Motherwell's commitment to the medium of collage
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art acquires a rare Frank Lloyd Wright house
Saffronart to host India's first ever group show dedicated to large scale works
Newly acquired photograph of the Queen unveiled at Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Kate Carey, Director of Education at the McNay Art Museum, named 2013 Museum Educator of the Year
Cleveland Museum of Art launches iPhone app featuring multi-dimensional experience
Exhibition of new paintings by Sergej Jensen on view at White Cube Hong Kong
New body of work by Andisheh Avini on view at Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York
The Whitechapel Gallery presents the first major UK exhibition of the influential German artist Hannah Höch
Joslyn Art Museum announces gift from Schrager Collection, newly acquired Western work
The Hyde hires development professional
Two exquisitely carved Chinese antique ivory figures sell for $45,000 at Ahlers and Ogletree
Sweet music from Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
Russian coins sell for US$5,364,428 in New York
Exhibition at Fort Worth's The Modern features New York-based artist Fred Tomaselli.
India eyes return of 'Buddha begging bowl' from Afghanistan
First solo exhibition of artist Izumi Kato in China opens at Galerie Perrotin
Exhibition of new work by German artist Silke Otto-Knapp opens at Camden Arts Centre
Swann Galleries offers early works by black artists in auction
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- Stone Age mummy Oetzi still revealing secrets, 25 years on
2.- Tunisian remains found by British researchers prove 100,000-year human presence
3.- Rembrandt's four earliest paintings reunited for the first time at the Ashmolean
4.- Baltimore Museum of Art is one of only two major U.S. museums to feature an installation by transgender artists
5.- Archaeologists find 2,000-year-old human skeleton at Mediterranean shipwreck
6.- Digitally unwrapped scroll reveals earliest Old Testament scripture
7.- Rich London residents angry over Tate Modern voyeurs
8.- V&A Museum chief quits to fight nationalism post-Brexit
9.- Exhibition in Turin celebrates the most important family of Flemish artists
10.- Pointillism is now the focus of a high-calibre exhibition at the Albertina in Vienna
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.