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Qatar National Library launches special virtual ‘heritage’ events

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For a chance to enhance Qatar’s cultural landscape, Qatar National Library (QNL)’s Heritage Library has created a special program of online events, giving participants a chance to understand historical manuscripts and other cultural artefacts. 

Qatar’s biggest national library [QNL] is set to start its special series of online events, focusing on various topics on history, culture, and heritage. 

The first webinar, “Watermarks as a Tool to Date Manuscripts”, is expected to start on October 6 and will be presented by Fattouma bin Yahia, head of Manuscripts and Rare Books Department at the National Library of Algeria. 

The lecture will shed light on the National Library of Algeria’s experience in studying manuscript watermarks, including how they are made, their purpose, and their importance in dating manuscripts. In addition, the virtual lecture will introduce the tools and techniques used to search for and examine watermarks.

This will give participants a chance to understand historical manuscripts and their print and importance throughout history.

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Another webinar, which will be held on October 14, will focus on a unique collection that reflects the Arab culture, the meeting of East and West, and the history of Qatar and its relationship with Arabs. 

Chaired by Ikhlas Ahmed, the tours and exhibitions officer at the Heritage Library, the lecture will examine various printed books, manuscripts, and important documents, as well as photos from different periods.

The fifth session of the series will be held on October 18 and will provide readings of rare historical works from the Heritage Library’s manuscript collection, and will be delivered by guest lecturer Mohamed Yaser Shahin, a researcher at the Centre of Islamic Research in Turkey. 

Lastly, on October 28, Dr. Ahmed Shawki Binebine, director of the Royal Library of Morocco and professor of libraries and manuscript studies at Mohammed V University in Rabat, will give a lecture on the Islamic civilisation’s important scientific research and its relation to history. 

To know more, visit QNL’s website here


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