Restoration, digitization and dissemination of Iraqi documentary heritage


Amount 880 K $

Years 2019 - 2022

Operator Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF)

Type of grant Call for projects

(c) Bibliiothèque nationale de France

As testament to some of the oldest libraries in human history, Iraq hosts historical manuscripts from myriad private and public collections. The Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) enjoys an ongoing collaboration with libraries and archives in Iraq to identify, restore, digitize and publish online rare manuscripts preserved across the country. This project will concentrate on Christian and Muslim institutions, and the digital versions of the manuscripts will be published in an open access format at the Bibliothèques d’Orient: the web repository of the BnF dedicated to the written heritage of the Middle East.