Collections and services
Cairo, view of the Mosque of Sultan Hassan. Drawing by Nicolas-Jacques Conté (1755-1805)
BnF, Department of Prints and Photography
Syriac-Arabic Prayer Book (Qondaq), manuscript. Syria, XVII century
Antoine Maamari Collection, Beirut
Bibliothèques d’Orient is displayed in the exhibition Oriental Christians: 2,000 Years of History at the Institut du Monde Arabe (Arab World Institute) in Paris from 26 September 2017 to 14 January 2018, and at the Museum of Fine Arts in Tourcoing from 17 February to 5 June 2018.
“Bibliothèques d’Orient is not only a way to introduce an outstanding heritage to the general public, but also a tangible contribution to its safeguarding. It is a strong commitment by the BnF, commits to protect endangered documentary heritage.”
Laurence Engel, president of the BnF.
The Thousand and One Nights: Sketch of the decor (1881). Philippe Chaperon
BnF, Opera Library-Museum
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 7,000 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:
Friday, October 6, 2017
Délégation aux relations internationales
Délégation à la communicationClaudine Hermabessière