A digitised library of over 30,000 books and manuscripts on Islam and its history, including the 16th century Al Withriyya, has opened at Markaz here.
The library, set up using the latest advances in library and information science, brings together several centuries of Islamic scholarship. The titles are categorised into 10—history of Islam, the Quran and its interpretations, Hadees (deeds and words of Prophet Muhammed), Islamic jurisprudence, lexicons, Arabic literature, and Islamic mysticism.
The facility is said to be the first digitally renovated Islamic library in the State. A unique collection of Islamic manuscripts and centuries-old printed works are also available in the library.
The manuscripts include Al Withriyya, written by Iraqi scholar Muhammad Ibnu Abu Bakr, in the 16th century. It is a poetic narrative on the Prophet Mohammed.
The work was funded by the alumni Saquafis—those who graduated in Islamic theology from Markaz—in the years 1985-1995 and 2009.
Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musliyar, the chancellor of Markaz, declared the library open recently.
Courtesy: The Hindu