Thursday, February 27, 2014

"Al-aqsa Mosque Library" in #Jerusalem enters the #digital_era

"Al-Aqsa Mosque library" in Jerusalem launched a project to set up digital copies of their holdings of ancient Arabic manuscripts, to provide an opportunity for researchers found in the world via the World Wide Web.

The library where located near the Al-Aqsa mosque in the eastern city of Jerusalem,includes about 130 thousand books, including the 4000 manuscript, dealing with different disciplines, from medicine to mathematics and science of religion, and some dating to before about a thousand years.

Director-General of the library, "Hamed Abu Teir," began last year, a project for digital copies of the manuscript in 2000, with the aim of finishing and placed on the Internet by the year 2015.

It was mentioned on the library Al-Aqsa Mosque, in the book «Studies in the cultural heritage of the city of Jerusalem» issued by Al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations - Beirut, that the library "is one of the most important Islamic libraries in the holy city in terms of their holdings unique scientific, and manuscripts rare donated to senior scientists and rulers and wealthy nation, which was included on the books of the modern interpretation and doctrine, history, arithmetic and logic Miqat, as well as Arabic science, as well as works of teachers who worked in the Al-Aqsa Mosque over the ages.

Al-Aqsa Mosque was the most important scientific institutes in the Islamic civilization,  and the basis of the intellectual movement in the Levant, it has been a forum for scientists and science students from across the Islamic state.

"Abu Hamid al-Ghazali" is told that (in the late fifth century AH was in the Al-Aqsa Mosque 360 teachers, along with the hundreds of readers who we read their names in the annals of the Sharia Court in Jerusalem, as well as the Temple Mount documents and the archives of the families of Jerusalem, all that are making Al-Aqsa library occupies a special place in the Islamic world).

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Because of #Jewish #religious_books - U.S. court went to #Russia final ultimatum

In a statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry said Russia expresses its protest about the decision by the Inter-American Court on so-called " group wrote Hnaerson ." Where resolution obliges Russia to pay for the " Chabad " Jewish religious in the United States 50 thousand dollars a day .

A group of books a controversial "4425 religiously books" kept in the ancient Russian State Library in Moscow, and anyone can visit the library and ask that group of books to read. But Russia's according to the U.S. Court should be given to the Jewish organization that group of religious books, and pay a fine of 50 thousand dollars a day after refusing to implement the court's decision.

The Russian Foreign Ministry responded harshly to the decision, calling it imposes sanctions on a sovereign country, which is a flagrant violation of international law.

Special Commissioner of the Russian President for Cultural Cooperation "Mikhail Shvydkoi" announced that the decision of the U.S. Court requires the arrest of Russian stocks in the United States in order to implement the court's decision. In this case, Russia will be forced to take action reply about the American property in Russia.

It is noteworthy that a group of religious books is books and documents compiled by "henderson family" in the province of Smolensk Russian, and handed over the family of those sanctuaries in the years of World War I to the reservation in Moscow. In 1918 the library was nationalized, while henderson left the Russian territory and emigrated to America.

In the late eighties of the last century, Hasidic Judaism demanding to the return of the library .. even they had trying to seize by force, and the trial began in this regard in Russia and ended up in America.

According to the Russian Foreign Ministry that the decisions of the U.S court in this regard provoked protest even in the U.S Department of Justice and forced the Russian museums large to refrain from establishing any shows in America, adding that the new decision may lead to cessation of cooperation between the museums of both countries and cultural cooperation in general.

Destroy copies of the diary #Anne_Frank in Libraries various parts of #Japan


News reports said that hundreds of copies of the diary "Anne Frank" (child of Jewish victims of the Nazi Holocaust) have been destroyed in various libraries throughout Japan, the Simon Wiesenthal Center criticized the Jewish this incident and called for an investigation.

Library responsible have informed the police in Japan after the discovery of ripping several pages of at least 265 copies of the diary of Anne Frank, and other books relating to this personal in 31 library in Japan since last January.

Japanese government spokesman "Yoshihedy Suga" described the destroy of the books that had been placed on an open shelves , as the work of "an unfortunate and very shameful".

Prompted the incident the Simon Wiesenthal ( Center Jewish Defense of Human Rights, based in the United States) to call for an investigation into the incident.

Chief Rabbi "Abraham Cooper", an official of the center said "The geographical scope of these incidents suggests strongly that there is a systematic effort to desecration of the memory of a famous Jewish child killed by Nazis within 1.5 million Jewish children during the Holocaust World War II".

he add "I know through my visits to many of Japan that the character of Anne Frank studied and respected by millions of Japanese."

Friday, February 21, 2014

Weekly Bulletin 2/21/2014

«Obeikan»: Libraries sales volume up to five billion annually

35 thousand dollars to renovate the library "tourist" to confront extremism in Lebanon

Create libraries next to the Academy of Arts cheaply under the auspices of the Culture Palaces

Adoption of new projects for the development of libraries of King Khalid University

The smallest library in the world in Lisbon with more than 3,000 books within 4 meters

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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«Obeikan»: Libraries sales volume up to five billion annually

Administrator emphasized of Obeikan libraries Engineer "Mohamed Eid", that the book fairs in the Arab countries affected by political stability, citing the size of their sales in Cairo Exhibition 2014 which dropped by 75% from last year 2013, and they are working on the expansion of the GCC markets during the next five years, where he see the well retail market for libraries in the Kingdom .. After the arrived in the volume of sales to 5 billion annually.

In a meeting with journalists on the sidelines of the inauguration of Obeikan Book-store in its new branch in Dhahran Mall "Eid" anticipate to increase revenue this year to 200% in the six new branches to be opened in 2014, in the cities of Dhahran, Jeddah, Najran, Khamis and Batin. He said we have a 3000 book, and We are the most important publishers in the Arab world, but he came back and confirmed that the Obeikan libraries has turned to the digitization of 60%, reference that to the youth transformation in the Kingdom accounted for 70%.

Eid detect the presence of 70 thousand title will be available on smart applications, and readers can be found, especially a most of them published by us, this content (Arabic and English) will be available before the end of 2014.

Administrator emphasized confirmed that the chairman of Obeikan libraries "Dr. Fahd bin Abdulrahman Al-Obeikan" believes in partnership with public libraries affiliated to the Ministry of Culture and Information, and they are working on this approach, pointing at the conclusion that the prices of publishing , the restrictions and the requirements are not the cause of the escape of the Saudi youth to publishing houses outside the Kingdom.

35 thousand dollars to renovate the library "tourist" to confront extremism in Lebanon

Lebanese priest, who belongs to the Greek Orthodox "Ibrahim Suruj" trying to raise 35 thousand dollars worth of funding to rebuild the
"tourist" library famous Lebanese, which caught fire several weeks ago in order to update and re-buy rare books.

The fire resulted in damage to the library between a quarter and a third of the books in the "tourist library" in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, which is about 85 thousand books, according to press reports, including Islamic manuscripts dating back more than two centuries.

Exposed archaeological library, which has a 40-year-old market in the old town in the neighborhood of Sarai, to attack by people suspected of belonging to a militant Islamic currents. The incident led to provide a lot of support for Suruj, through help him on cleaning, donate books, and try to mobilize funding online to renew library.

Suruj said It's unexpected, but he feels as thrilled joined to help people of all religious backgrounds. Suruj Add: "It was a great source of joy for me, especially since this incident, brought together Muslims and Christians, particularly the clergy".

"Suruj" known as a popular figure in Tripoli's Sunni Muslim majority, and is known to devote very concept of coexistence and religious tolerance, especially the presence of Christian minorities and upper large in the city.

Tripoli has seen, which lies 30 kilometres from the Syrian border, sectarian violence and an increase in extremism over the past two years, including battles between supporters and opponents of the Syrian regime in Lebanon.

In the days leading up to the fire incident, Suruj mentioned he had received a threat  via text message, linked to rumors about the existence of a booklet insulting the Prophet was found inside one of the books in the library.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Create libraries next to the Academy of Arts cheaply under the auspices of the Culture Palaces

Saad Abdul-Rahman (head of the General Authority for Cultural Palaces)

and the writer Mohamed Nassef (president of Greater Cairo and north of the cultural level) announced their ownership by the idea of ​​creating a libraries next to the Academy of Arts in El-Haram Street

where it is selling versions of the General Authority for Cultural Palaces cheaply, in addition to providing a range of Gifts for schools nearby .

This comes within the framework of the General Authority for Cultural Palaces and cultural awareness of the masses and the revival of the value of reading to the Egyptian people, especially young people and children.

Adoption of new projects for the development of libraries of King Khalid University

A continuation of the ongoing development witnessed by the King Khalid University in order to develop the infrastructure for Public Libraries to provide all the support services for researchers and visitors recently been inserted second phase of the project indexing libraries King Khalid University and linked to processing within budget plan this year amount of 1,500,000 rials.

This project aims to modernize the infrastructure to keep pace with requirements of the times and increase the quality of service quality and quantity And facilitate access of researchers to vascular cognitive which will contribute to boost scientific research at the university and advancement, as it will allow employees of the university see the contents of the library without having to visit. Dr. Saeed Al-Khalidi dean of libraries Has stated that university libraries sub will see during the current year awarding of developmental projects multiple monitor has more than 1,200,000 rials, it will also be completed to connect all branch libraries electronically in the Central Library to enable researchers in the provinces of the region to take full advantage of the services of any library of various university libraries.

Al-Khaldi pointed out that the Central Library in university campus Algorer include more than 100 thousand titles, and related electronic to 52 base global information containing millions of titles Arab and foreign, It also has fed the library in the past year 2012/2013 about 7500 material between Arabic and foreign Books, periodicals and theses. Borrows are reveal the size of the library, which has active role in providing researchers and readers what they need from operations exceeded the books as Borrows in the last academic year 38,000 borrowed, took place on 75 316 books.

It is worth mentioning that the university libraries are not limited services to university students and employees, but extends to students who did not belong to the university and a large number of members of the community.

The smallest library in the world in Lisbon with more than 3,000 books within 4 meters

"Sao Cristovao Library" Baixa district, located in the Portuguese capital Lisbon classified as "the smallest library in the world", with an area of ​​3.8 square meters, and even though it has more than three thousand books.

Owner Library "Simao Carneiro" said in a statement "I do not know if it's a smaller place to sell books in the world or not, but it contains all the services available to grand libraries : a dedicated section for books discounted prices, Department of customers queries .. So it is possible to be smaller library incomplete Staff in the world ".

Carneiro (41 years) Explains that he had over a decade to compile thousands of books written in languages​​ : Portuguese, Spanish, English and even Chinese and Japanese.

Carneiro pointed out that he left his career as a teacher of chemistry, which at the age of 32 to devote himself to his passion, where he dreamed of managing a library in the ancient historical neighborhoods in Lisbon.

Carneiro search for a larger place to build the library, but he didn't find such a small space, without knowing that
"Sao Cristovao Library" will be achieve international fame thanks.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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