An ambitious partnership began in July 2012 between Qatar Foundation (QF) and the British Library to digitize more than half a million pages of historic documents detailing Arab history and culture.
The three-year project, which aims to transform people’s understanding of the history of the Middle East, will include material from the UK’s India Office archive as well as medieval Arabic manuscripts on science and medicine. The project will take place at the British Library, in close cooperation with the Qatar National Library.
On completion, the archive will be available freely online and provide for the first time a unique source of historic Arabic and English documents. The site will also offer visitors the opportunity to contribute their own Gulf- related stories and memories and to add to the online resource by sharing information, photographs, and personal accounts. This will mean that living memories can be added to the archive of historical items dating back several centuries.
These resources will illuminate centuries of fascinating history and massively boost our understanding of the rapidly-changing Gulf region and its place on the world stage. It will also enrich the many studies, research papers, and textbooks that illustrate the history of the Gulf and the wider region.
Further information on the partnership project is available here.
Qatar National Library (QNL), in collaboration with Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU Press), and the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region, has launched the second workshop of the ‘Books - Made in Qatar’ initiative. The workshop is dedicated to the development of Qatari illustrators and is being organized as part of the official Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture program.
Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO) and Qatar National Library (QNL) have collaborated to curate playlists that can be streamed for free by all residents of Qatar, who have a membership with QNL, through the Naxos Music Library’s online database.