Restoration, Digitization and Dissemination of Iraqi Documentary Heritage

Iraq hosts historical manuscripts from myriad private and public collections. This project will concentrate on Christian and Muslim institutions to identify, restore, digitize and publish versions of the manuscripts in an open access format at the Bibliothèques d’Orient.

As testament to some of the oldest libraries in human history, Iraq hosts historical manuscripts from myriad private and public collections. The BnF enjoys an ongoing collaboration with libraries and archives in Iraq to identify, restore, digitize and publish online rare manuscripts preserved across the country. This project will concentrate on Christian and Muslim institutions, and the digital versions of the manuscripts will be published in an open access format at the Bibliothèques d’Orient: the web repository of the BnF dedicated to the written heritage of the Middle East.

Project Details


Location: Iraq, Middle East, Asia Organiser(s): Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) Project partner(s): Notre-Dame des Semences Mar Benham Monastry Iraq National Library Funder(s): ALIPH Funding received: $880,200 Commencement Date: 01/2019 Project Status: Active
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