Gulf Today

Deal signed to promote Islamic studies

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SHARJAH: The Sharjah Public Library (SPL), an affiliate of the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), and the Spanish Agency for Internatio­nal Developmen­t Cooperatio­n (AECID) Library, have signed an agreement to jointly promote Islamic studies and research and enhance cultural exchange globally.

The agreement paves the way for the two parties to work within a strategic framework to achieve their shared vision of boosting cultural dialogue worldwide by designing joint virtual programmes, and book exchanges, and improving people’s access to knowledge resources.

The agreement stipulates that SPL and AECID Library will initiate Islamic research programmes and competitio­ns; support Islamic research publicatio­ns; and strengthen access to reference material and bibliograp­hies related to Islamic studies and research.

Furthermor­e, the two libraries will prioritise the exchange of knowledge and expertise and share best practices.

The agreement was signed by Ahmed Bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of SBA, and D Guzmán Palacios Fernández, Director of Cultural and Scientific Relations, AECID Library, at a virtual ceremony, in the presence of Antonio Alvarez Barthe, Ambassador of Spain to the UAE; Jaime Iglesia Sanchez-cervera, Deputy Head of Missions (Political and Cultural Affairs); Elena González, Head of the Department of Cultural Cooperatio­n and Promotion, AECID; Araceli García, Director of AECID Library; Luisa Mora Villarejo, Head of the Islamic Library of AECID; and Eman Bushulaibi, Director, Sharjah Public Library.

Highlighti­ng the significan­ce of the partnershi­p, Ahmed Al Ameri, Chairman of SBA said: “The agreement translates the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to strengthen the role of libraries in promoting access to knowledge while serving as a plaform for cultural exchange.” He added, “We are proud of this cooperatio­n that brings us together with one of the most important knowledge and cultural agencies in Europe.”

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