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.
Horsemanship has always been a cherished sport in Qatar, reflecting the region’s pride in its Arab and Islamic equine traditions. Learning about the country’s rich equine legacy is one of the many ways the people of Qatar can celebrate National Sport Day, and there is no better reference on the sport than the Qatar Digital Library (QDL), which houses thousands of digital manuscripts and books on horse-riding and equine medicine written in the golden age of Islamic civilization.