IRAQ - URUK
ALIPH is committed to concrete and sustainable initiatives to protect the richness and diversity of the world’s cultural heritage
Restoration, digitization and dissemination of Iraqi documentary heritage
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.
Preserving Manuscripts in the Al-Aqib Library, Sankoré Mosque of Timbuktu
The Al-Aqib Library at the Sankoré Mosque in Timbuktu holds a unique manuscript collection, which remained in Timbuktu during the armed attacks of 2012. This project will improve the critical preservation conditions of the collection through collaboration between AMALIA and library personnel. The Al-Aqib collection is also part of a digitization project led by the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, and of a research project coordinated by the University of Hamburg.
Documenting the Sculpted Decoration of the Crac des Chevaliers
On Syrian Heritage
The Crac des Chevaliers fortress, known for its 13th-century carved arcades and capitals, and a World Heritage Site, was damaged during conflict in 2013-14. Mediathèque de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine (MAP) holds a repository of casts of these architectural elements, made by French archaeologist Paul Deschamps in 1927-28, and preserved at the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris. The project will create 3D restitutions of the casts and digitize the annexed documentation.