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The Signed Manuscripts Conference, 26-28 April 2005, sought to showcase the vast array of rare Arabic manuscripts which bear autographs of eminent figures of Arabic-Islamic heritage. The topical coverage included autographed manuscripts, marginalia, commentaries, ex-libris inscriptions, collation references, or ijazas written in the handwriting of leading Arab scholars. The term Signed Manuscripts also covers autographed Ma’ājim al-Shuyukh, original scientific treatises, etc.
The main aim of the Calligraphy, Writing and Inscriptions Forum was to gather the specialists in all fields of calligraphy studies from around the world to help create specialized dialogues amongst them and to present the new discoveries and research in calligraphy. This Forum will be held every two years. It was held for the first time from 24-26 April 2003 and the second Forum from 24-26 April 2005.
The Manuscripts Center hosted its first annual conference with the theme of Millenary Manuscripts, on 26-28 September 2004. Distinguished manuscript specialists from all over the globe met and reviewed the treasures of heritage lying in the vast array of Arabic millenary manuscripts (i.e. dating back to 450 AH or before) scattered all across world libraries.
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina organized an international seminar on the Fate of the Ancient Library of Alexandria entitled What Happened to the Ancient Library of Alexandria on 26-28 September 2004.
This year's Beacon for Freedom of Expression Conference, 18-20 September 2004, raised awareness about issues and challenges surrounding freedom of expression.
The Documentation of the Ministry of Awqaf Drawings
This is an ongoing joint project between the BA Alexandria and Mediterranean Research Center (Alex Med) and the Egyptian Ministry of Awqaf (Endowments). The main objective is to document and classify the information from a collection of about 450 drawings and plates from the Ministry of Awqaf. These drawings, which are of m...
For the past five years, the Egyptian Center for the Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CultNat) and the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), together with IBM, have been working to bring the awe-inspiring experience of Egypt to the world through a project known as ‘Eternal Egypt.’ It represents a...
Digital Manuscript Library
The publication of digital manuscript sets comes in conformity with the BA's mission to adopt modern digital technologies. The Digital Manuscript Library project aims at publishing the manuscript treasures of Arabic heritage in digital form. The year 2007 witnessed the release of the fifth and sixth sets of the Digital Man...
Access to Knowledge (A2K)
In fulfillment of its mission as a center of excellence for the dissemination of knowledge and for dialogue, learning and understanding between cultures and people, the BA has developed a growing interest in issues relating to access to knowledge (A2K), promotion of innovation and creativity, and intellectual property (IP)...
The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL)
The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is a global project to bring together, on infinitely expandable web pages, information about all of the approximately 1.9 million species of plants, animals and microorganisms on Earth. As a collaborative effort of tens of thousands of people with expertise around the world, the EOL project a...
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