Kuwait team makes sig­nif­i­cant his­tor­i­cal find at Mount Athos

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KUWAIT CITY, Sept 16, (KUNA): In an un­prece­dented feat, a team from Kuwait Univer­sity (KU) man­aged to dis­cover rare manuscripts writ­ten in Ara­bic at Mount Athos in Greece.

Dur­ing an arche­o­log­i­cal mis­sion to a num­ber of monas­ter­ies and li­braries on the lo­ca­tion in north­ern Greece, the team — which in­cluded his­tory Pro­fes­sors Dr Ab­dul­hadi AlAjmi, Dr Mo­ham­mad Al-Mar­zouqi, and Dr Has­san Badawi — was able to un­earth th­ese doc­u­ments at the his­toric moun­tain, which rep­re­sented around 1,800 years of Chris­tian his­tory in the site.

Speak­ing to KUNA, Dr Al-Ajmi said that the dis­cov­ery at Mount Athos, an an­cient sa­cred place cho­sen as one of UNESCO’s World Her­itage sites in 1988, was cru­cial to un­der­stand the his­tory of Arabs and Mus­lims in the re­gion.

Get­ting ap­proval from the Greek author­i­ties to study the site was not an easy task; how­ever, we man­aged to do so and the re­ward was be­yond great, re­vealed the Kuwaiti aca­demic.

He pointed out that the doc­u­ments traced their ori­gins to ad­vance points in the golden Is­lamic age.

The manuscripts cover var­i­ous sub­jects per­tain­ing to daily events, sci­en­tific ob­ser­va­tions, re­li­gious af­fairs, and more, stressed Dr Al-Ajmi who ex­pressed con­fi­dence that some of the doc­u­ments were never dis­cov­ered be­fore.

He af­firmed that the new dis­cov­er­ies will be­come an im­por­tant ref­er­ence point to those in­ter­ested in what Arabs and Mus­lims had of­fered to Greece in the olden days.

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