Library of Congress and National Library of Egypt Cooperate to Digitize History

Last Wednesday, a new digititization center opened at the National Library in Cairo. The equipment, provided by the Library of Congress, will be used to make some of the Egyptian archives available on the internet.

The LOC is also working with the National Library to create a English and Arabic website “documenting the history of science in the Islamic world from A.D. 800 to 1600, as portrayed in the Arabic manuscripts from the collections of the two institutions.”

I’ll be very interested to explore the new website when it launches. In addition to many achievements of their own, the Arabs helped expand upon and keep much of the knowledge of the Greeks and Romans alive while Europe was in the depths of the Dark Ages.

For more information on these and other joint ventures between the LOC and Egypt’s National Library and Archives, check out this press release.

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