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Qatar Foundation Qatar National Library in partnership with British Library to make Arabic science and Gulf history available to worldwide research

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.

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