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Early Arabic Printing


The early Arabic printing section comprises some rare examples of the earliest printed books in Arabic, mainly produced in printing presses in Europe and the Arab World, e.g. the first Arabic books printed on presses in Shweir (Lebanon), Aleppo, Mosul, Bulaq and in the Hijaz. The collection is notable for its diverse range of subjects including historical sources about the Arabian Gulf and the rest of the Arab world, as well as works on literature, religion, sociology, law and Islamic art. It is worth noting that this section comprises part of Sheikh Ali bin Abdullah al-Thani’s private library, as well as a part of the former library of Khayr al-Din al-Zerekly.

In addition to books, this section includes rare periodical being published in the late 19th century shedding light on the history of the Arabic press. Some of these periodical were published with only a few issues. Others were irregular in their publication. The section also contains some important materials such as the first newspapers published in the Arabian Gulf region, such as al-Qibla published in 1916 in Mecca and al-Waqāʼʻ published in Egypt in 1828. There are also various rare magazines, such as al-Muqtaṭaf, with the first issue of the Magazine published in 1876.

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