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Cairo, view of the Mosque of Sultan Hassan. Drawing by Nicolas-Jacques Conté (1755-1805)
BnF, Department of Prints and Photography
Bibliothèques d’Orient covers the period ranging from 1798 to 1945 and primarily focuses on countries located on the Eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Using the features of Gallica, the BnF’s digital library, Bibliothèques d’Orient presents at its launch circa 10,000 digitised items contextualised by almost 100 texts written by academics, scientists and curators.
The online documents are accessible through 7 categories: Crossroads, Communities, Religions, Knowledge, Politics, Imagination and Personalities.
Particular attention is paid to preserving endangered heritages. Two Syriac liturgical books from the 11th and 17th centuries, conserved at the Charfet monastery (Lebanon), and two evangeliaries from the 14th and 16th centuries, belonging to the Jounieh Melkite Salvatorian convent (Lebanon), were restored before being digitised and put online on Bibliothèques d’Orient.
The website will be enriched in the coming months thanks to new contributions and new partners, from France and abroad.
The project’s partners [file .pdf – 87 Ko – 17/10/06 – 1 p.]
South of Hebron, Carmel of Ziph, or Kirmil (1890-1900)
École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem
Bibliothèques d’Orient brings together remarkable documents little known by the public, since they are scattered among various countries and many different institutions. Its content has been selected by a scientific council comprising 15 members:
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