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RIYADH: With the Hajj just around the corner, the King Abdulaziz Public Library is diligently continuing its work to preserve manuscripts and photographs depicting the rich culture and history of the Hajj pilgrimage.

The Historical Library is a treasure trove of knowledge that houses rare artefacts that show the great importance of the two holy mosques in Islam.

As pilgrims around the world prepare for this spiritual journey, the library serves as a beacon of enlightenment and provides educational resources for those who wish to learn more.

The library includes more than 6,000 objects, consisting of rare collections of manuscripts, books, coins, miniatures and paintings. (Attached)

The library includes more than 6,000 objects, consisting of rare collections of manuscripts, books, coins, miniatures and paintings. They are also part of the library database.

Manuscripts in the library’s possession include Mohammad Al-Halabi’s “Golden Song of Hajj Rites” and “Sawaanih Al-Hijaz” by Baha Al-Din Al-Harithi Al-Dhahani.

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The library includes more than 6,000 objects, consisting of rare collections of manuscripts, books, coins, miniatures and paintings.

The library has published several books on the Hajj and the Two Holy Mosques, including The Japanese in Mecca, translated and annotated by Drs. Samir Ibrahim and Sarah Takahashi.

The King Abdulaziz Public Library is a treasure trove of knowledge that houses rare artefacts, including historic photographs that show the great importance of the two holy mosques in Islam. (Attached)

Other books include “Pilgrimage to Mecca” by Zainab Cobbold, “A View of the Two Holy Mosques and Aspects of Hajj Through the Lens of Hajj” by Ahmed Mirza, who is considered to be the first Indian professional photographer to capture Hajj. Mirza performed the Hajj in 1907. The 240-page book includes an introduction to the Two Holy Mosques on old maps, ancient drawings and miniatures, and photographs.

Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar, the general supervisor of the library, said: “Today we live in an age of knowledge. It does not include only one area of ​​culture, literature, languages, science or economy. It is a comprehensive system in a world where technology and diverse technological tools are expanding, which motivates us to pay maximum attention to reading.”

The library includes more than 6,000 objects, consisting of rare collections of manuscripts, books, coins, miniatures and paintings. (Attached)

The library has approximately 365 previously unpublished photographs of the two holy mosques taken by international Egyptian photographer Ahmed Pasha Helmy.

King Farouk of Egypt commissioned Helmy to photograph the two holy mosques during King Abdulaziz’s entry into Mecca.

The King Abdulaziz Public Library is a treasure trove of knowledge that houses rare artefacts, including historic photographs that show the great importance of the two holy mosques in Islam. (Attached)

The library also screened the 2009 film “Journey to Mecca: In the Footsteps of Ibn Battuta,” which depicts the Hajj rituals and the kingdom’s efforts to build the two holy mosques.

More than 2,000 people from 24 countries participated in the project, which was inspired by Ibn Battuta’s journey to Mecca in the 14th century.

The film was screened in several international cities such as London, Paris, New York and Singapore and won awards at three film festivals, including an award at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

The library’s restoration center began operations on June 21, 2022, with a major focus on sterilization, restoration, processing, stitching, binding, and preservation of rare and valuable cultural artifacts.

Their restoration efforts go beyond just repairing objects, but also creating ideal conditions for their long-term safety and accessibility.

The Center deals with the preservation and restoration of rare cultural heritage items such as documents, manuscripts, books, Qurans, photographs, maps, periodicals, coins and artefacts held by various entities including the library.

The library staff’s meticulous conservation efforts ensure that future generations will have access to these priceless works of art and literature.

Hajj culture is a dynamic and vibrant tapestry that continues to evolve, and the King Abdulaziz Public Library is a testament to the enduring legacy of this sacred tradition.

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