Book Fair high­lights King Ab­du­laziz Foun­da­tion role in pre­serv­ing li­braries

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KUWAIT: Kuwait Book Fair held a sym­po­sium Satur­day to high­light King Ab­du­laziz Foun­da­tion for Re­search and Archives (Darah)’s role in pre­serv­ing Saudi, Arab and Mus­lim her­itage and per­sonal li­braries in the Saudi King­dom.

“Darah sur­veys the coun­try in search for per­sonal li­braries, then con­tacts their own­ers to of­fer its ser­vices,” Ay­man Al-Hane­han, a spe­cial­ist at Darah’s Manuscripts Depart­ment, said in the sym­po­sium. “Darah also cre­ates a data­base for the sur­veyed li­braries and draws maps for their sites.”

He pointed out that the data­base in­cludes im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion such as the owner of the li­brary, its ad­dress, ad­min­is­tra­tor, the num­ber and types of books, manuscripts and other ma­te­ri­als and the con­di­tion of the con­tents. Then, Darah staff ster­il­izes, re­stores, cat­a­logs, binds, ren­o­vates the avail­able ma­te­ri­als through King Sal­man bin Ab­du­laziz Restora­tion Cen­ter (Tarmeem), he stated.

He clar­i­fied that Darah also seeks to col­lect ma­te­ri­als of his­toric sig­nif­i­cance through di­rect pur­chase from their own­ers, en­dow­ment or gift­ing. The aim of this col­lec­tion is to bet­ter pro­tect and pre­serve these ma­te­ri­als from dam­age, he noted. Fur­ther­more, Hane­han touched upon the his­tory of li­braries in the Saudi King­dom and the ef­forts ex­erted by Darah in col­lect­ing, ren­o­vat­ing, dig­i­tal­iz­ing, and pre­serv­ing his­tor­i­cal manuscripts and books.

King Ab­dul Aziz Foun­da­tion (Darah) was es­tab­lished by a Royal De­cree in 1972. It aims to serve the his­tory, ge­og­ra­phy lit­er­a­ture and her­itage of Saudi Ara­bia as well as of other Arab and Islamic coun­tries in gen­eral. Darah’s Manuscripts Cen­ter has a valu­able col­lec­tion of lo­cal and orig­i­nal manuscripts, as well as a large num­ber of manuscripts about the his­tory of the Ara­bian Penin­sula. The Cen­ter aims at ster­il­iz­ing, restor­ing, cat­a­loging, bind­ing and keep­ing manuscripts avail­able for re­searchers. The to­tal num­ber of pic­to­rial manuscripts re­lated to the Ara­bian Penin­sula’s his­tory ex­ceeds 2,000 pic­to­rial manuscripts of sev­eral places around the world. —KUNA

KUWAIT: Pales­tinian Am­bas­sador to Kuwait Rami Tah­boub hosted a re­cep­tion re­cently to cel­e­brate the an­niver­sary of the Pales­tinian Dec­la­ra­tion of Independence. Top state of­fi­cials, diplo­mats and other dig­ni­taries at­tended the event. —Photos by Joseph Sha­gra

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