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With more than one million print books in our collections, along with hundreds of thousands of ebooks, it can be hard to figure out where to begin. In this section, we’ll regularly take a deeper dive into the Library’s collections to learn a bit more, including exploring history through the items in our Heritage Library. We’ll also feature other topics that explore various aspects of our Library. All of the items linked in the posts are either available for members to check out or view online. Enjoy!


Qatar National Library (QNL) plays a pivotal role in promoting environmental culture and raising awareness of this critical issue through various initiatives, programs, and resources.

Around two million pilgrims have just experienced the most significant and spiritual journeys of their lives, having completed hajj.

It is a moment they will remember forever and proudly tell their family members and friends about and undoubtedly, they will have photographs and selfies documenting their experiences.

 

In just a few days, millions of pilgrims will stand on Mount Arafat in a magnificent scene that captivates hearts and the lenses of photographers,  media outlets, and news agencies from all over the world. The next day, images of the massive crowds of Muslims in ihram clothing on the plains of Arafat will dominate the front page of major newspapers worldwide.

 

The history of Islam and its historical artefacts are intertwined with the history of the Gulf region, with items associated with hajj and the Kaaba being treated with special reverence and care. 

In the permanent collection of Qatar National Library’s Heritage Library, is prominently displayed a 100-year-old piece of the kiswa [covering]– specifically the hizam or the embroidered belt that encircles the Kaaba – that hails from the time of the mahmal, the traditional caravan that once transported the covering to Mecca.

 

“Storytelling is among the oldest forms of communication. Storytelling is the commonality of all human beings, in all places, in all times.” ― Rives Collins, the Author of The Power of Story: Teaching Through Storytelling 

Stories bind us together. In the example of different listeners listening to the same story, they begin to come together through a common experience. 

On 2 April every year, the world comes together to raise awareness about autism and to help improve the quality of life of those with autism. As Qatar National Library aims to be one of the world's preeminent centers of learning, it fosters an inclusive learning environment that caters to diverse groups of people. People with autism are one of these vital groups who we value and support through our Library services, events, and programs.

 

Food often has a religious significance, and many religions have foods that have strong spiritual connections, none more so than dates to Islam.

Christianity uses bread and wine in the eucharist, Hinduism believes that ghee was the sacred food of the Hindu deities the Devas, matzo bread is an integral part of Judaism’s Festival of the Passover, while followers of the Japanese religion Shintoism often leave tofu at shrines, believing that it is a favorite food of the foxes associated with the Shinto deity Inari.

 

There are times when you are reading that the story and place take you away. When you are suddenly there, standing with the character on the pavement of a distant city, your ears filled with the growl of traffic, the buzz of foreign voices and the hammer of construction work; the smell of the street invading your nostrils and the taste of the air on your tongue.

 

The Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Qatar

Autism is not a medical condition with a cure, although there are treatments that can help mitigate the symptoms. It is still unclear what causes autism, however genetic, environmental elements, or both are likely to increase the risk of developing the disorder.

Reading and writing are deeply interlinked processes. Both are the result of the other. Who does not read will not write, and who does not write will not be read. Knowledge, if not recorded in writing, is doomed to nonexistence and annihilation.

There is no better argument for the writing-reading interconnectedness than the Glorious Qur’an. The pen is mentioned in the fourth verse of the very first verses of the Heavenly Revelation that urges people to read and learn, stressing the crucial importance of writing, not only for learning, but as a means to preserve knowledge: