The UCLA Library has just received a massive grant and they intend on digitizing 1,100 rare and unique Syriac and Arabic manuscripts dating from the fourth to the 17th centuries. The three-year project is being initiated by the fathers of St. Catherine’s Monastery.
St. Catherine’s Monastery is located on Mount Sinai in Egypt and it currently houses the oldest continually operating library in the world, containing ancient and medieval manuscripts second only to those held by the Vatican Library.
These remarkable manuscripts, which delve into subjects ranging from history and philosophy to medicine and spirituality, were never easily accessed by scholars and students, who had to travel to this desert region, considered sacred to three world religions — Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Today, access is even more problematic given security concerns in the Middle East.
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