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RIYADH: With Hajj approaching, the King Abdulaziz Public Library continues its work of preserving manuscripts and photographs depicting the rich culture and history of the Hajj pilgrimage.

The historic library is a treasure trove of knowledge and houses rare artifacts that illustrate the profound significance of the two holy mosques in Islam.

As pilgrims from 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 contains over 6,000 objects, including rare holdings of manuscripts, books, coins, miniatures and paintings. (Supplied)

The library contains more than 6,000 objects, including rare holdings of manuscripts, books, coins, miniatures and paintings. They are also part of the library’s database holdings.

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

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The library contains more than 6,000 objects, including rare holdings of manuscripts, books, coins, miniatures and paintings.

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

A treasure trove of knowledge, the King Abdulaziz Library houses rare artifacts, including historical photographs that illustrate the profound significance of the two holy mosques in Islam. (Supplied)

Other books include Pilgrimage to Mecca by Zainab Cobbold and Viewing the Two Holy Mosques and Aspects of Hajj through the Lens of Hajj by Ahmed Mirza, who is considered the first Indian professional photographer to photograph the Hajj. Mirza performed the Hajj in 1907. The 240-page book contains an introduction to the Two Holy Mosques using old maps, antique drawings and miniatures, and photographs.

Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar, the library’s director general, said: “Today we live in the age of knowledge. It does not only cover one area of ​​culture, literature, languages, sciences or economics. It is a comprehensive system in a world where technology and various technological tools are spreading, which motivates us to pay our utmost attention to reading.”

The library contains over 6,000 objects, including rare holdings of manuscripts, books, coins, miniatures and paintings. (Supplied)

The library has about 365 previously unpublished photographs of the two holy mosques taken by international Egyptian photographer Ahmed Pasha Helmy.

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

A treasure trove of knowledge, the King Abdulaziz Library houses rare artifacts, including historical photographs that illustrate the profound significance of the two holy mosques in Islam. (Supplied)

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

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

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

The library’s restoration center opened on June 21, 2022. It focuses on sterilization, restoration, treatment, sewing, binding and conservation of rare and valuable cultural artifacts.

Their restoration efforts go beyond simply repairing the objects, they also create ideal conditions for their long-term safety and accessibility.

The center works on the preservation and restoration of rare items of cultural heritage such as documents, manuscripts, books, Qurans, photographs, maps, magazines, coins and artifacts owned by various institutions, including the library.

The careful preservation efforts of the library staff ensure that future generations will have access to these priceless works of art and literature.

Hajj culture is a dynamic and living fabric that is constantly evolving, and the King Abdulaziz Library is a testament to the enduring legacy of this sacred tradition.

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