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Shibli Academy starts digitization of its manuscripts collection

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Azamgarh: The library of Darul Musannefin (Shibli Academy) has a good collection of Arabic and Persian manuscripts. Some of these are very valuable and rare. Due to the lack of necessary resources, there was no proper upkeep and preservation of this  collection. Now with the help of the National Archives of India an effort is being made to start the preservation work. Efforts are also being made to secure help from National Manuscript Commission. Shibli Academy is also in touch of various agencies to get the manuscripts digitized. Now this work has started with the help of the Cultural Attache in the Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Dr Ebrahim al Batshan. Digitisation work has already started and it is expected to continue for a few weeks. This is an important step in the direction of the preservation of the manuscripts and making them available to the scholars all over the world. (For information about the academy, visit shibliacademy.org)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 July 2011 on page no. 17

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