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The concept of Arab Reform is widely discussed and debated in the region, with often intrinsically varying views; interpreted by some as interference of external parties in internal matters, while others see it as only discussions that simply cannot be implemented in reality. However, it is the vision of Arab civil society which the BA has adopted; reform is a necessity that rises from the heart of society, and is directed by societal internal forces. Established in 2004, based on the recommendation given in the Alexandria Declaration which was the culmination of the first Arab Reform Conference, the Arab Reform Forum at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina works in four directions: Political, Economic, Social, and Cultural. The Forum regularly gathers representatives of civil society, Arab intellectuals, businessmen, and academicians to exchange experiences and discuss the most pertinent issues to Arab society. The efforts of the Arab Reform Forum culminate annually in the Arab Reform Conference. To date, six conferences have taken place since 2004, tackling the following issues:
Following six successful years of bringing reform to the fore in Arab society, the Arab Reform Forum has decided to begin the task of bringing visionary strategies to the mainstream. Accordingly, the annual Arab Reform Conference will continue as the Arab Future Conference. The concept of the future conference will be to look at the present state of the region and analyze trends in the context of planning and creating strategies of Arab reform. In parallel to these conferences, and ensuing seminars and workshops, the Arab Reform Forum has issued a large number of publications concerning reform issues.
Within the Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s efforts to become a platform for cultural dialogue, the Dialogue Forum provides a medium for liberal thought and cultural exchange, promoting dialogue and interaction with oneself and the other in a reviewing spirit. Through bimonthly forums, attendees are invited to actively participate, promoting tolerance to conflict and differences among them and embracing different views, cultures and political orientations, and discuss literature, religion, economics and society. The BA and the Dialogue Forum, through its activities aim, to promote values of cultural diversity, tolerance, defend others’ freedom of expression and assessment, and understand human civilizations on national, regional and international levels. The BA rejects all forms and kinds of discrimination- racial, cultural or religious- while promoting participation, development and innovation. The Forum’s strategy ensures interaction between intellects and scholars (speakers), and the general public (attendees). All sessions are recorded and published in booklets.
The BA aspires to be an effective catalyst for reform and development in the region and to serve as a meeting point for Arab civil society organizations. For that reason, the Arab Info mall was created. It emulates a mall or center for non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and civil society organizations (CSOs) in a tri-lingual (Arabic, English, French) web portal. The Arab Info Mall database was jointly developed by the Dialogue Forum and ISIS, through which Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) can widely disseminate information about their activities, observe what others are doing on national, regional and international levels, and pave the way for stronger partnerships. Organizations from 32 countries; 19 Arab and 13 Non-Arab, are already benefiting from the services of the Arab Info Mall and the number continues to grow.
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...
The webcast service provides live
and archived access to all the conferences, lectures and presentations taking place
at the BA.
is a system developed at the BA, to create, reserve, and maintain the Library's
digital books and collections.