Sharjah Ruler donates 4000 titles and rare manuscripts to Egypt

SHARJAH: H. H. Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member and ruler of Sharjah has donated a large collection of original rare manuscripts, maps and books under more than 4000 titles to the Egyptian Scientific Academy in Cairo.

The announcement was made at the 31st Sharjah International Book Fair today which was opened today by Sheikh Sultan.

The donation which is from Sheikh Sultan’s personal collections and is part of efforts to make for the losses sustained by the Cairo library which burned down in November last year.

Among the documents in Sheikh Sultan’s possession is a copy of Description de l’Egypte, written at the time of the French expedition to Egypt (1798-1801) and published between 1809 and 1822. The book, which contains a detailed description of Egypt, was a main cause for the uproar that accompanied the fire at the Scientific Complex.

The donated collection which is being showcased at the current 31st Sharjah International Book Fair expresses Sheikh Sultan’s appreciation of significant cultural role Egypt’s Scientific Academy plays in disseminating knowledge across the Arab world.

The Dr Sultan Al Qasimi Centre for Gulf Studies implemented the process of sourcing the original books and manuscripts donated today.

The original manuscripts of journals that were printed in 1860 and maps from the private collection of Prince Youssef Kamal, a descendant of Mohamed Ali of the Ottoman dynasty, were also destroyed in the fire. These will also be replaced from the private collection of the Sharjah Ruler as part of his magnanimous gesture to Egypt.

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